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A Slight Case of Murder(1938)

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  • A Slight Case of Murder

    • Mr. Blandings
    • 8/22/11

    The scene where Robinson "adopts" a tough-talking youth at the orphanage is laugh-out-loud hilarious. Unfortunately, the movie ends up being too "all-over-the-place" with slapstick farce to really care about what's happening. And the ending seems a bit far-fetched, even for a comedy.

  • Funny Gangster Parody

    • Bruce Reber
    • 5/25/11

    "A Slight Case Of Murder" (Warner Bros. 1938) is a hilarious take on the gangster film genre, starring Edward G. Robinson in great form as ex-bootlegger Remy Marko trying to go legit after Prohibiton ends. But because of the inferior quality of his beer (it tastes terrible and nobody's buying it), he soon finds himself in hock to bankers who want to take away his brewery. To add to his woes, he finds out his daughter wants to marry a cop. Marko and his wife decide to take a vacation in a rented house, and there's more trouble when they find dead robbers in one of the rooms. When the wisecracking orphan they brought along discovers the dead robbers loot, Marko realizes he can use it to pay off his debt to the bankers and keep his brewery. When his henchmen hear a reward is being offered for the robbers they frantically go around and collect them from the various places they left them on Marko's orders. This is one of several films EGR made spoofing his gangster/tough guy image (think "Brother Orchid" and "Larceny Inc."), and it works very well. A remake of "A Slight Case Of Murder" came out in 1952 titled "Stop, You're Killing Me", starring Broderick Crawford and Claire Trevor, filmed in color with a few songs and dances added. I taped and watched it last night and it's also pretty good. Maybe TCM can do an original/remake night sometime and show both these comedies back to back. Also, let's see more of EGR's films on TCM.

  • A Slight Case of Murder

    • Mark Sutch
    • 4/14/11

    ***1/2

  • A Slight Case of Murder (1938)

    • James Higgins
    • 3/14/10

    86/100. Outstanding crime comedy, what a cast, Edward G. Robinson is terrific. The supporting cast is excellent, Ruth Donnelly, Edward Brophy, Allen Jenkins and Bobby Jordan really stand out. Terrific screenplay makes the pacing brisk and exciting. Good direction from Lloyd Bacon.A wonderful film that is often overlooked, but it's up there with the best comedies of the 1930's.

  • A hilarious comedy in the genre

    • Chris
    • 12/20/07

    If you like B&W subtle comedy, this movie will have you in stitches. The scene where they are enroute to the summer home, and the retelling of Red Riding Hood is worth the entire film itself but don't stop there, you haven't seen anything yet!

  • FAST-PACED FUN

    • O Goodwin
    • 6/30/06

    SuggestedA Slight Case of MurderDate: 06/30/2006Suggested by:Odessa Goodwin / Cincinnatithis comedic gem from 1938 is one of my all-time favorites. Edward G. Robinson is hilarious as Remy Marco, an egotistical bootlegger who decides to go mainstream with his brewery business after prohibition is repealed.This film is laugh-out-loud funny,fast-paced, well-scripted,with hilarious Runyonesque characters. Allen Jenkins and Harold Huber are perfect as Marco's associates, and the girl who plays his social climbing wife is brilliant. You gotta put this one on.......

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