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A Slight Case of Murder (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime | 5 March 1938 (USA)
Former bootlegger Remy Marco has a slight problem with forclosing bankers, a prospective son-in-law, and four hard-to-explain corpses.

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Earl Baldwin (screen play), Joseph Schrank (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward G. Robinson ... Remy Marco
Jane Bryan ... Mary Marco
Allen Jenkins ... Mike
Ruth Donnelly ... Nora Marco
Willard Parker ... Dick Whitewood
John Litel ... Post
Edward Brophy ... Lefty
Harold Huber ... Guiseppe
Eric Stanley Eric Stanley ... Ritter
Paul Harvey ... Mr. Whitewood
Bobby Jordan ... Douglas Fairbanks Rosenbloom
Joe Downing Joe Downing ... Innocence
Margaret Hamilton ... Mrs. Cagle
George E. Stone ... Kirk
Bert Hanlon Bert Hanlon ... Sad Sam
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Storyline

Remy Marco, Prohibition beer baron, figures he'll do even better after repeal. Only trouble is, his beer tastes terrible. (He drinks no beer himself and nobody dares tell him). Four years later, when he's about bankrupt, he visits his summer home in Saratoga, complete with: 1) a dead-end-kid orphan; 2) his daughter's fiance...a state trooper!, 3) the bodies of four gangsters who planned to ambush Remy but had a shootout; 4) half a million in loot they hid in the house...just the amount Remy needs to get out of hock. The comic confusion mounts... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Comedy | Crime

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bare et lite mord See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 11 September 1935 and closed in October 1935 after 69 performances. The opening night cast included John Harrington as Remy Marco and Georgia Caine as Nora Marco. Future screen star José Ferrer played a Policeman. See more »

Goofs

When Remy drinks from the glass of beer from which Whitewood drank, there is inexplicably more beer in the glass. See more »

Quotes

Nora Marco: It's that grab bag of yours again, Remy.
Remy Marco: Say he hadn't walked around in his bare feet.
Nora Marco: I think we should go up and slip him a Mickey Finn.
Remy Marco: Uh, uh. He's liable to create a taste for them. Marco will talk to him. You go up the front stairs and I'll go up the back.
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Version of Stop, You're Killing Me (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

You Can't Stop Me from Dreaming
(1937) (uncredited)
Written by Cliff Friend and Dave Franklin
Played off-screen on piano at the party during and after Remy's talk with Whitewood
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A GREAT comedy!
10 May 2000 | by Norm-30See all my reviews

Edward G. Robinson has been typecast so often as "THE gangster", that it's quite unusual to see him in a COMEDY!

A gangster who owns a brewery decides to "go straight" and become "respectable" (along with his unwilling gang); and all sorts of funny things happen: his daughter wants to marry a state trooper (!), bodies show up in his house, etc.

As the other reviewer said, many people don't like this film, but *I* found it thoroughly enjoyable!

If you want to see Robinson in an even BETTER comedy, check out "The Whole Town Is Talking", where he plays a dual role: Public Enemy # 1, and a timid clerk who happens to be a dead ringer for him!

Norm


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