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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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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 »

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Send Another Coffin See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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This was one of two dozen Walter Wanger/Harry Sherman/Cinema Guild productions originally released by United Artists, re-released theatrically in 1948 by Masterpiece Productions, and ultimately sold by them for USA television syndication in 1950. It was first telecast in Los Angeles Sunday 4 June 1950 on KTLA (Channel 5), in New York City Saturday 24 June 1950 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Cincinnati Saturday 1 July 1950 on WKRC (Channel 11), in Chicago Monday 17 July 1950 on WENR (Channel 7), in Phoenix Sunday 20 August 1950 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Albuquerque Tuesday 22 August 1950 on KOB (Channel 4), in Atlanta Thursday 28 September 1950 on WSB (Channel 8), in Detroit Sunday 1 October 1950 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in Philadelphia Saturday 7 October 1950 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Boston Sunday 15 October 1950 on WNAC (Channel 7), in San Francisco Saturday 25 November 1950 on KGO (Channel 7), and in Pittsburgh Friday 22 December 1950 on WDTV (Channel 3). See more »

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The police have the suspects take off their shoes. Webb laughs and jostles Ann Seymour to look at Cushing's socks. The scene moves to Cushing, but he still has his shoes on. A police officer takes off his left shoe and he has a hole in the toe of his sock. See more »

Quotes

Russ Sampson: [Raising his drink] For the people!
John Webb: For the $100,000 retainer fee.
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Soundtracks

Cupid's After Me
Lyrics and music by Jule Styne
Sung by Ruth Terry
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Tone down or even lose Ruth Terry's character and you have a great film
11 December 2011 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

The overriding story of the film - the murder of a well-known party girl (Claire Dodd) whose body is discovered by crusading attorney John Webb (Pat O'Brien) who also happens to be a former boyfriend - and things don't look good for our hero who is instantly murder suspect number one. Furthermore Webb is trying to get the goods on graft king Vincent Cushing (Edward Arnold). Webb thinks Cushing did the murder and set him up to take the fall, and thus spends the rest of the movie trying to clear his name. The movie is well-paced and everything is moving along in an interesting fashion when every few minutes - like interference on a radio channel - in pops Ruth Terry's character and her incessant yammering. She has her eye set on Webb from the moment she sees him although she says she's 18 and he looks old enough to be her father. She lies about her background, so why couldn't she be lying about her age? If Webb were smarter he'd be equally as worried about getting involved in a statutory rape rap as he is murder. What girl of 18 gets dressed up in a revealing gown, goes to a party full of known hoods, and then is shocked when one puts the moves on her? Or doesn't have the sense to NOT take her dress off in front of a grown man when she's alone in his apartment? She's either 13 or she doesn't have all of her marbles.

I waste so much time on Terry's character here because it distracts from what could have been a very good film. I took off two stars just for the annoyance factor alone. Other than that - and its a big "that" - the film is a great noir with an interesting twist at the end. Robert Osborne said that director Tay Garnett became ill during filming and Walter Wanger had to finish the film out himself with Garnett very upset at the end result. I can only guess that Mr. Garnett's objections were the same as mine.


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