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Slightly Honorable (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 22 December 1939 (USA)
A lawyer is framed for the murder of a young party girl and tries to clear his name.

Director:

Tay Garnett

Writers:

Ken Englund (screenplay), John Hunter Lay (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pat O'Brien ... John Webb
Edward Arnold ... Vincent Cushing
Broderick Crawford ... Russ Sampson
Ruth Terry ... Ann Seymour
Alan Dinehart ... Commisioner Joyce
Claire Dodd ... Alma Brehmer
Phyllis Brooks ... Sarilla Cushing
Eve Arden ... Miss Ater
Douglass Dumbrille ... George Taylor
Bernard Nedell ... Pete Godena
Douglas Fowley ... Madder
Ernest Truex ... P. Hemingway Collins
Janet Beecher ... Mrs. Cushing
Evelyn Keyes ... Miss Vlissigen
John Sheehan ... Mike Daley
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Storyline

Attorney John Webb, is fighting the crooked political-ring headed by newspaper publisher Vincent Cushing and his crony George Joyce, the district attorney. When Alma Brehmer, Cushing's mistress and Webb's former sweetheart, is murdered, Cushing and Joyce try to railroad Webb as the killer. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Send Another Coffin See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Walter Wanger Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where Sampson rushes in with a "habeas corpus" and the police release Webb when he was being arrested for the murder of his secretary is a complete misconstruing of the procedure. A writ of habeas corpus does not prevent anyone from being arrested. It is used to force a custodial or detention authority to prove that they are lawfully holding the arrested or confined person. A writ would be presented after the person is taken into custody and might possibly result in release if the authority can't produce credible evidence or suspicion to justify the person being held. See more »

Goofs

Although the character played by Pat O'Brien is unencumbered by marital ties, he wears a wedding ring throughout the film. See more »

Quotes

George Taylor: Who's conducting this inquiry - the police or this ambulance chaser?
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Soundtracks

Cupid's After Me
Lyrics and music by Jule Styne
Sung by Ruth Terry
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Way Better Than You'd Think
18 February 2007 | by secragtSee all my reviews

Macroscopically, this movie is surprisingly entertaining, with crackling dialogue and charming performances by O'Brien and Crawford. Under closer scrutiny, the plot really doesn't hold up, nor do a number of character's motivations, but O'Brien's effortless cool covers a multitude of sins and the THIN MAN comparisons are apt. Overall, an underrated old-fashioned big ensemble good time the way they used to craft them back in the 40s. This isn't as good as Garnett's THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE and you won't gain much insight into the human condition or require a handkerchief, but you will laugh and you will be amused. One of the highlights from a 50 - pack of public domain crime dramas called "50 Dark Crimes" currently available for super cheap (how I discovered it), and like that inexpensive offering, worth far more than the price of admission.


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