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The Case of the Curious Bride (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 13 April 1935 (USA)
Perry interrupts his vacation plans when an ex-girlfriend, now newly married, asks him to help her with murder and bigamy charges.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Tom Reed (screen play), Erle Stanley Gardner (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Warren William ... Perry Mason
Margaret Lindsay ... Rhoda Montaine
Donald Woods ... Carl Montaine
Claire Dodd ... Della Street
Allen Jenkins ... Spudsy Drake
Phillip Reed ... Dr. Millbeck
Barton MacLane ... Detective Lucas
Wini Shaw ... Doris Pender (as Winifred Shaw)
Warren Hymer ... Oscar Pender
Olin Howland ... Coroner Wilbur Strong
Charles Richman ... C. Phillip Montaine
Thomas E. Jackson ... Toots Howard (as Thomas Jackson)
Errol Flynn ... Gregory Moxley
Robert Gleckler ... Detective Byrd
James Donlan James Donlan ... Detective Fritz
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Storyline

After giving the District Attorney another stinging defeat, Perry plans to take a vacation in China. That is, he was, until Rhoda, his old flame, meets him at a restaurant. Even though she says that she is asking for a friend, Perry can see right through her. It seems that her husband Moxley, who had been allegedly dead for four years, is alive and demanding money as she has married into wealth. The case escalates when the police find the body of Moxley and charge her with the murder. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

13 April 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Clue Club #4: The Case of the Curious Bride See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Erroll Flynn's fourth screen role (his third credited). See more »

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In the first scene at Fisherman's Wharf, Perry is picking out crabs, and he says, "Joe, we've decided upon these four antagonistic anthropods." Crabs are arthropods; there is no such thing as an anthropod. See more »

Quotes

Toots Howard: How do you figure it, toots?
Coroner Wilbur Strong: It looks to me like Perry was born with a lot of horseshoes.
Toots Howard: Yes, he always puts one in his glove when he swings a fast one at the D.A.
[laughter]
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Followed by Perry Mason: The Case of the Maligned Mobster (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Isle of Capri
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Will Grosz
Played on a record at Mason's cocktail party
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FUN!!! Dizzy, fast-paced and silly -- I loved it!
20 January 1999 | by EffieSee all my reviews

This is the only Warren William Perry Mason movie I've seen so far, and I thought it was a lot of fun! It gallops along at a breakneck pace, partly thanks to its super-kinetic (and rather disorienting) editing. William and Dodd bring a really delicious tongue-in-cheek camaraderie to the roles of Perry and Della, while Mayo Methot (was she already married to Bogart?)has a lot of fun with the small part of Florabelle. The coroner is not to be missed, by the way!

It is fascinating to see what a different interpretation of the character of Perry Mason William gives; he seems to be drawing as much on his previous performance as Philo Vance as on anything in the books. Naturally, this makes him nothing at all like Raymond Burr's Mason. (And he's in San Francisco, by the way, not Los Angeles.) I certainly missed the gravitas and moral authority that Burr gave the part, but William is hilarious and highly professional, pulling off a performance not unlike that of a drunken tightrope walker working without a net with aplomb and smooth daring-do.

The murder (of Errol Flynn, no less!) is incidental.


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