Slightly Honorable (1939)

83 or 85 mins | Mystery | 22 December 1939

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Send in Another Coffin . According to materials contained in the MPAA/PCA files at the AMPAS Library, the PCA had reservations about the negative portrayal of a lawyer in this ... More Less

The working title of this film was Send in Another Coffin . According to materials contained in the MPAA/PCA files at the AMPAS Library, the PCA had reservations about the negative portrayal of a lawyer in this film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
4 Jan 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
9 Jan 40
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Dec 39
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Jan 40
p. 2.
Motion Picture Daily
9 Jan 40
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
13 Jan 40
p. 48.
New York Times
17 May 40
p. 23.
Variety
10 Jan 40
p. 48.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Tay Garnett Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Supv ed Supv film ed
SET DECORATOR
Int dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus score and dir
SOUND
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Send Another Coffin by Frank G. Presnell (New York, 1939).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Send in Another Coffin
Release Date:
22 December 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Walter Wanger Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
26 January 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9379
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
83 or 85
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5827
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Attorney John Webb is fighting the corruption of a political ring led by Vincent Cushing, a newspaper publisher who has become very wealthy through graft. Webb's only ally is his law partner, Russ Sampson. While at the state capitol to enlist the aid of Senator Scott, the two meet Alma Brehmer, Cushing's mistress and a law client of Webb's. Alma invites them to a party that Cushing is giving at Pete Godeana's nightclub that night, and Webb accepts. At the club, Webb is impressed by dancer Ann Seymour's performance in the floor show until he learns that she is only eighteen. Minutes later, he hears Ann scream and sees Godeana slapping the girl. Webb punches Godeana and takes Ann from the club. The next morning, Webb goes to his office where, while he is talking on the telephone, a knife whizzes past his ear. That night, he goes to Alma's apartment to appraise some jewelry for her. When he arrives, he finds Alma dead, stabbed in the back. Police Captain Graves and Inspector Fromm arrest Webb for Alma's death, but because they only have circumstantial evidence, they are forced to release him. Meanwhile, at the Cushing home, Mrs. Cushing finds a newspaper clipping that convinces her that her husband killed Alma. When her husband and daughter Sarilla enter the room, Mrs. Cushing slips the clipping into Sarilla's coat to conceal it. Sensing the tension between her parents, Sarilla decides to find evidence that will incriminate Webb, and she searches his apartment that night. At Webb's apartment, the clipping falls out of Sarilla's coat pocket. The following day, ... +


Attorney John Webb is fighting the corruption of a political ring led by Vincent Cushing, a newspaper publisher who has become very wealthy through graft. Webb's only ally is his law partner, Russ Sampson. While at the state capitol to enlist the aid of Senator Scott, the two meet Alma Brehmer, Cushing's mistress and a law client of Webb's. Alma invites them to a party that Cushing is giving at Pete Godeana's nightclub that night, and Webb accepts. At the club, Webb is impressed by dancer Ann Seymour's performance in the floor show until he learns that she is only eighteen. Minutes later, he hears Ann scream and sees Godeana slapping the girl. Webb punches Godeana and takes Ann from the club. The next morning, Webb goes to his office where, while he is talking on the telephone, a knife whizzes past his ear. That night, he goes to Alma's apartment to appraise some jewelry for her. When he arrives, he finds Alma dead, stabbed in the back. Police Captain Graves and Inspector Fromm arrest Webb for Alma's death, but because they only have circumstantial evidence, they are forced to release him. Meanwhile, at the Cushing home, Mrs. Cushing finds a newspaper clipping that convinces her that her husband killed Alma. When her husband and daughter Sarilla enter the room, Mrs. Cushing slips the clipping into Sarilla's coat to conceal it. Sensing the tension between her parents, Sarilla decides to find evidence that will incriminate Webb, and she searches his apartment that night. At Webb's apartment, the clipping falls out of Sarilla's coat pocket. The following day, Webb enters his office and finds his secretary, Miss Ater, stabbed in the back. He is again arrested for murder, but released on a writ obtained by Sampson. Webb then finds the clipping in his apartment and follows it to a cemetary in a small Texas town. There, he learns that Sampson committed the murders in order to hide the fact that he had slain a main in Texas. +

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