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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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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Melvyn Douglas calls Joan Blondell " The little gold digger " - she starred in the series of Gold Digger films for Warner Bros . 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

Detective Flannigan: Unless I can use a hose on her, I give up.
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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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Madcap detective
14 March 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Party mystery, part screwball comedy There's Always A Woman features Melvyn Douglas and Joan Blondell as a man who opened a private detective agency and his ever helpful wife.

Douglas had worked for the DA's office as an investigator and felt he was in a career rut so he opened a private agency. As clients haven't been flocking to his office he's ready to go back to work for DA Thurston Hall, But Blondell says she wants to keep the agency open just in case.

No sooner does Douglas get his job back than in walks a client Mary Astor. She plunks down 3 century notes.which pays a lot of back rent and she wants Frances Drake who has been carrying on with husband Lester Matthews.

She does some surveillance in a madcap sort of way at a nightclub. The next day Matthews is shot to death and Robert Paige who had made some threats at him is arrested.

Douglas gets the investigation at the DA's office and Blondell keeps going on her investigation. She's from the Lucy Ricardo school of criminology and will have an awful lot of 'splaining' to do eventually.

Three years later Mary Astor and Jerome Cowan who plays a gambler in There's Always A Woman would be part of the immortal cast of The Maltese Falcon. And ironically in this film both would have the same function.

Columbia might have made more of these had its stars not been tied to other studios. But Blondell was with Warner Brothers and Douglas with MGM. The two had a good chemistry and Blondell is a hoot.

A good combination of genres is There's Always A Woman.


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