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ex mrs bradford
- kevin sellers
Once again, count me with Mr. Blandings. Fairly shameless ripoff of "Thin Man"... with a cute, jokey butler instead of Asta! Just about everything else, from Powell and Arthur to the writing and directing, are half ass imitations of the original. However, I was sad to read that this was director Stephen Roberts' last film, due to his untimely death, at 40, of a coronary. Based on "Story Of Temple Drake," if nothing else, the guy had considerable talent and would most likely have gone on to do better films than this one. Give it a C for "copy."
More Like The Thin Man Series
Couldn't believe this was a suspense movie.Powell & Arthur terrific.Very enjoyable!
The Ex Mrs. Bradford
- M. Wilson
Another suave sophisticated performance by William Powell!
The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (1936)
- Mr. Blandings
Just another Thin Man movie, except that Jean Arthur is horribly miscast in the role of an annoying, snobbish ex-wife, something better suited to Irene Dunne or Myrna Loy. All the best qualities of Miss Arthur, earthiness and toughness, aren't allowed to do more than peak through with this stilted character. While the script has a few witty dialogue bits, the story itself is a muddled mess. And the modus operandi of the crime is completely ridiculous. *SPOILER* Even the dullest doctor or coroner would be able to detect the bite wounds of a black widow spider. The skin would be red, swolen and inflamed around the puncture mark, and toxin residue would be detectable in the blood even with 1930s technology. Furthermore, any spider jammed into a tiny gelatin capsule would suffocate long before it could get out in the time it would take for the capsule to melt from body heat ... which would be never (it takes flame or stomach acid to do the job normally). On top of that, what are the odds that a capsule stuffed down the back of a person's shirt would even stay there and not fall out? What are the further odds that the spider would actually bite the person? Yet this happens three times in this film! With luck like that, the murderer shouldn't have to bother rigging horse races, he should be able to pick the winner with no problem! Oh, and how do you futher confuse an otherwise confusing story? Cast five actors with pencil-thin moustaches that all look the same! *
Jean Arthur - Most Glamorous
The Ex-Mrs. Bradford is quite entertaining and I do believe the most glamorous role I recall Jean Arthur portraying. In which she does beautifully! It's refreshing to see a divorced couple get along so well and eventually reunite. A nice suspenseful story and comedy combined.
The Ex-Mrs. Bradford
1936--William Powell's most prolific year. The Ex-Mrs. Bradford is one of his comedy delights. His pairing with Jean Arthur in this movie rates up there with Nick and Nora in the Thin Man movies. It is past time for this movie to be available for purchase. One of my all time favorites!
The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (1936)
Great story, great combination of mystery and comedy. William Powell and Jean Arthur sparkle together. Great supporting cast, excellent art direction and costumes. Very well written. Highly entertaining.
- Jenna W.
This is a terrifc movie that has it all!! It has comedy, romance, suspense, mystery, and more!! IT is a great laugh that all should see!!! (give me one good reson why this is not on DVD, oh yeah, THERE IS NONE!!!!!)
- Movie Fan
This film is most entertaining with the exceptional William Powell and this time joined by co-star Jean Arthur. Both put out good performances. The movie is truly enjoyable. Hope that TCM plays it and it definitely should be released on DVD! Actually a box set of William Powell films should be put out on DVD, among them "Star of Midnight".
Hidden Thin Man Movie
- John Anderson
William Powell made The Thin Man movies and many other detective films. The Ex-Mrs Bradford has him playing virtually the same role, but without Myrna Loy. Her absense is well filled by the lady who plays Powell's ex (hoping to be future) wife. If you've been wishing there was another Thin Man movie, this is it.