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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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WATCH PUBLIC GOLD DIGGER NO. 1 ROUGH UP THE SCREEN'S SMOOTHEST LOVER! (original print ad-all caps) See more »

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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 »

Company Credits

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

As originally shot, the script contained a sizable role for Rita Hayworth. When, however, it was decided that this film was to be the first of a series, the studio eliminated Hayworth's role rather than have a third major character who, like Joan Blondell and Melvyn Douglas, would be committed to the series. In any event, Blondell withdrew from the planned series, and all but three seconds of Hayworth's role landed on the cutting-room floor. She speaks two words on-screen and 5 words on an intercom off-screen. 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

William 'Bill' Reardon: Listen, I gave her a week's salary. Why the extra five dollars?
Sally Reardon: Ten dollars. For being here six months without flirting with you.
William 'Bill' Reardon: Oh yeah, lady, you've been robbed.
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Connections

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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Delightful mystery-comedy vehicle for Blondell, Douglas!
3 May 2007 | by canuckteachSee all my reviews

Caught this today on TCM - lots of fun. characters and snappy dialog borrow heavily from the 'Thin Man' series, only husband Douglas works as a lawman, and wife Joan is the wannabee 'private eye' (with all the right hunches). Blondell is very charming and lovably wacky, but proves that blonds CAN compete in the 1930's (Hollywood) world of sleuthing. Hilarious results come from Douglas attempting to keep wifey under wraps in latter portions of film while he tries 'to break the case wide open'.

Also, earlier, the couple return home from a romantic night out, but Joan's great expectations for intimacy appear to get dashed (---: witty scene, but tastefully portrayed ..

8 / 10


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