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There's Always a Woman (1938)

Passed | | Comedy, Mystery | 20 April 1938 (USA)
An investigator for the district attorney and his amateur-sleuth wife compete to solve a murder mystery.

Director:

Alexander Hall

Writers:

Gladys Lehman (screen play), Wilson Collison (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Blondell ... Sally Reardon
Melvyn Douglas ... William 'Bill' Reardon
Mary Astor ... Lola Fraser
Frances Drake ... Anne Calhoun
Jerome Cowan ... Nick Shane
Robert Paige ... Jerry Marlowe
Thurston Hall ... District Attorney
Pierre Watkin ... Mr. Ketterling
Walter Kingsford ... Grigson
Lester Matthews ... Walter Fraser
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Storyline

An investigator for the District Attorney's office quits to open his own detective agency. However, business is so bad that he finally decides to give it up and go back to his old job. As his wife is at his office closing up, a wealthy society matron walks in with a case: she wants to know if her husband is having an affair with his ex-girlfriend, who is now married. The wife accepts what looks to be an easy case, figuring than she can then persuade her husband to re-start the agency. However, when the client's husband is found murdered, she decides to investigate the murder herself. Her husband has also been assigned by the D.A. to investigate the murder, and he doesn't know that his wife is also on the case. Complications ensue. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A new laugh hit from the studio that gave you "The Awful Truth"! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Mystery

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Min fru detektiven See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First of three films from 1938-9 that Columbia paired Melvyn Douglas and Joan Blondell. The others being Good Girls Go to Paris (1939) and The Amazing Mr. Williams (1939). They would not work together again until MGM's Advance to the Rear (1964). See more »

Goofs

Near the end, the dispatcher reads the wanted person alert for Mrs. Reardon. He states her complexion as blonde, which is a hair color, not a complexion. See more »

Quotes

Sally Reardon: You mean, no wine?
William 'Bill' Reardon: That's what I mean. No wine.
Sally Reardon: Not even a tennie-wennie-itsy-bitsy?
William 'Bill' Reardon: Not even a tennie-wennie-itsy-bitsy.
Sally Reardon: You mean, no wine?
William 'Bill' Reardon: Yeah, that's it, no wine.
Sally Reardon: Religious scruples?
William 'Bill' Reardon: No. No, just mathematics. Filet mignon: $3.50. Strawberry parfait 75 cents. Six martinis.
Sally Reardon: I only had three.
William 'Bill' Reardon: They're charging me for mine too, you know. And all I've got in my pocket is a 20 dollar bill. Em, you don't happen to have a couple of dollars in your purse, do you?
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References Duck Soup (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

The Stars and Stripes Forever
(1896) (uncredited)
Written by John Philip Sousa
Played on a radio
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Delightful mystery-comedy vehicle for Blondell, Douglas!
3 May 2007 | by canuckteachSee all my reviews

Caught this today on TCM - lots of fun. characters and snappy dialog borrow heavily from the 'Thin Man' series, only husband Douglas works as a lawman, and wife Joan is the wannabee 'private eye' (with all the right hunches). Blondell is very charming and lovably wacky, but proves that blonds CAN compete in the 1930's (Hollywood) world of sleuthing. Hilarious results come from Douglas attempting to keep wifey under wraps in latter portions of film while he tries 'to break the case wide open'.

Also, earlier, the couple return home from a romantic night out, but Joan's great expectations for intimacy appear to get dashed (---: witty scene, but tastefully portrayed ..

8 / 10


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