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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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A Riotous Satire on Racketeering! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

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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

This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Indianapolis Monday 13 May 1957 on WFBM (Channel 6) and Columbus Friday 17 May 1957 on WTVN (Channel 6), followed by Lincoln, Nebraska 19 July 1957 on KOLN (Channel 10), and Minneapolis 7 October 1957 on WTCN (Channel 11). 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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Soundtracks

Kinderszenen: Träumerei, Op.15
(1838) (uncredited)
Music by Robert Schumann
Played when the Marcos check whether their charge is asleep
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cute little film that tweaks the nose of gangster films
14 July 2005 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a funny and relatively fast paced gangster comedy--yes I did say "ganster comedy". It's about a gangster boss trying to go legitimate after prohibition was repealed. He tries, unsuccessfully, to market the same horrible beer that sold well during prohibition (the clientèle was less choosy when that's all they had to chose from). The problem is that in addition, bad stuff keeps happening around him that he had nothing to do with, but with his reputation he certainly would get the blame for! Try as he might, bad stuff just keeps happening.

Edward G. Robinson does a very good job with comedy. If you liked this film, try The Whole Town's Talking or Larceny, Inc. to see more of his comic talents.

By the way, I have absolutely no idea why, but the studio remade this film as "Stop, You're Killing Me" in 1952 (with Broderick Crawford in the lead). My advice is just stick with the original--it's better in every way.


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