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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
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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 »
Although the character played by Pat O'Brien is unencumbered by marital ties, he wears a wedding ring throughout the film. See more »
An attorney and his partner get caught up in a series of murders involving a crooked businessman and his crony district attorney. In fact suspicion is cast on the attorney himself as he threads his way through the thicket.
Comedy mysteries were popular during this period. The sophisticated Thin Man series was probably the best, though the many amateur sleuth series on lesser budgets also proved popular, e.g. Charlie Chan, The Saint, et al. This movie attempts the same ground, but tries to work in too many elements. Trouble is they fail to build in effective fashion. The whodunit part never really gels since little time is given to assessing the suspects, while the comedic part fares better with some good snappy lines. However, the comedic part is overridden by cutie Terry's antics that are way overblown and finally annoying. Clearly some restraint was needed, but a firm hand was lacking. Apparently credited director Garnett took sick and impresario Wanger had to step in. That may account for unevenness of the overall result.
Nonetheless, O'Brien lends the proceedings what credibility there is, while a young Crawford gets to show an uncharacteristic and somewhat comedic side. In fact the supporting cast includes many sinister faces from the period—Fowley, Richards, Dumbrille, Dodd. Now I'm as broad-minded as most movie fans, but pairing 41-year old O'Brien with teenage Terry acting like a 10-year old appears a risky bet for audiences even now. Plus, having her drop her dress moment to moment may be amusing but struggles against the questionable context. Looks like their pairing was trying to get as far away from Nick and Nora as possible.
All in all and despite the promising elements, the package is simply too unwieldy to hold together. Too bad.
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