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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Sally Reardon
... William 'Bill' Reardon
... Lola Fraser
... Anne Calhoun
... Nick Shane
... Jerry Marlowe
... District Attorney
... Mr. Ketterling
... Grigson
... Walter Fraser
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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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WATCH PUBLIC GOLD DIGGER NO. 1 ROUGH UP THE SCREEN'S SMOOTHEST LOVER! (original print ad-all caps) See more »

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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 »

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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

William 'Bill' Reardon: Listen, I gave her a week's salary. Why the extra five dollars?
Sally Reardon: Ten dollars. For being here six months without flirting with you.
William 'Bill' Reardon: Oh yeah, lady, you've been robbed.
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Followed by There's That Woman Again (1938) See more »

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The Stars and Stripes Forever
(1896) (uncredited)
Written by John Philip Sousa
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The wife of a detective takes a case of her own
5 December 2009 | by See all my reviews

Joan Blondell and Melvyn Douglas are Bill and Sally Reardon in "There's Always a Woman," a 1938 screwball comedy. Douglas is a former detective with the D.A.'s office who has opened his own office. However, there are no clients after a few months, so he returns to the D.A. Sally, his wife, is supposed to close the office, but when a Mrs. Fraser (Mary Astor) enters, Sally passes herself as a detective and gets the case - plus a retainer. It then becomes a competition between husband and wife to see which one will solve the case, which becomes more complicated, involving murder and blackmail.

It's hard not to love Joan Blondell is just about anything, and she's excellent in this. She and Douglas make a good team, though in the sequel, it's Virginia Bruce who steps into her role.

The script is witty, and the acting is excellent from all involved. This is no "Thin Man" - there were a few of these husband-wife detective movies that came out after the success of "The Thin Man" - in fact, one try at a series featuring Joel Sloane, a rare book dealer, and his wife, Garda, starred Melvyn Douglas in 1938. None quite measured up, but often these films were entertaining. "There's Always a Woman" is definitely a good one.


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