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Guilty Hands (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Crime | 22 August 1931 (USA)
A district attorney commits the perfect murder when he kills his daughter's womanizing fiancé and then tries framing the fiancé's lover.

Directors:

W.S. Van Dyke, Lionel Barrymore (uncredited)

Writers:

Bayard Veiller (screenplay), Bayard Veiller (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lionel Barrymore ... Richard Grant
Kay Francis ... Marjorie West
Madge Evans ... Barbara 'Babs' Grant
William Bakewell ... Tommy Osgood
C. Aubrey Smith ... Reverend Hastings
Polly Moran ... Aunt Maggie
Alan Mowbray ... Gordon Rich
Forrester Harvey ... Spencer Wilson
Charles Crockett Charles Crockett ... H.G. Smith
Henry A. Barrows Henry A. Barrows ... Harvey Scott (as Henry Barrows)
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Storyline

Richard Grant is a lawyer who believes that murder under certain circumstances is justifiable. Richard's daughter, Barbara, takes her dad to a dinner party hosted by Richard's old friend, wealthy playboy, Gordon Rich. Gordon tells Richard that he and Barbara plan to marry. Richard threatens Gordon's life if he marries Barbara. Richard is unaware that Barbara has no plans to marry Gordon, and she's in love with Tommy Osgood. Richard enraged of the thought of Barbara marrying Gordon goes into Gordon's room, undetected, and kills him...Has Richard committed the perfect crime? Written by Kelly

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Mystery... chills... an ending that you'll never guess! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Crime

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mãos Culpadas See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast in New Haven CT Monday 4 March 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), in Altoona PA 26 March 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Honolulu 8 July 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Minneapolis 31 August 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), in Norfolk VA 5 September 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Philadelphia 3 April 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Kalamazoo 3 May 1958 on WKZO (Channel 3), in Cincinnati 10 June 1958 on WLW-T (Channel 5), in Chicago 4 August 1958 on WBBM (Channel 2), in New York City 15 September 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Phoenix 13 October 1958 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Memphis 28 November 1958 on WHBQ (Channel 13), and in Tampa 3 December 1958 on WFLA (Channel 8). Pre-code situations, some surprisingly dynamite dialogue, and a bizarre twist to the plot have since endeared it to vintage film enthusiasts and it's still occasionally dusted off on cable TV on Turner Classic Movies. See more »

Goofs

Although Forrester Harvey is credited onscreen as Spencer Wilson, it is Charles Crockett's character who is referred to as "Mr. Wilson" at one point. Harvey's character name is never spoken in the movie. See more »

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God Save the King!
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Written by Henry Carey (1744)
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An Excellent Little Murder Mystery
11 January 2000 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

Can Lionel Barrymore commit the perfect crime, for the sake of his daughter's honor, and get by with it? That's the question posed in this fine film which is NOT a "whodunit". Almost forgotten by nearly 7 decades of bigger, splashier movies, fans of crime films will not want to miss this little gem. Tightly plotted and suspenseful, GUILTY HANDS (yes, the title is important) rewards the thoughtful viewer.

Barrymore is great, as always. Kay Francis is a shady lady with too much past. Alan Mowbray - in a welcome departure from his comic butler roles - is suave and evil. Madge Evans, Polly Moran & Sir C. Aubrey Smith round out the supporting cast.

And what a great ending - unexpected and appropriate.


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