A Slight Case of Murder (1938)

85 mins | Comedy | 5 March 1938

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Producer:

Sam Bischoff

Cinematographer:

Sid Hickox

Editor:

James Gibbon

Production Designer:

Max Parker

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

Actor Joe Caits's surname was misspelled "Caites" in the onscreen credits. The film was named to the NYT ten best list. Damon Runyon and Howard Lindsay's story was remade in 1952 by Warner Bros. as Stop, You're Killing Me (see below). The film starred Broderick Crawford and was directed by Roy Del ... More Less

Actor Joe Caits's surname was misspelled "Caites" in the onscreen credits. The film was named to the NYT ten best list. Damon Runyon and Howard Lindsay's story was remade in 1952 by Warner Bros. as Stop, You're Killing Me (see below). The film starred Broderick Crawford and was directed by Roy Del Ruth. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
3 Feb 38
p. 3.
Film Daily
8 Feb 38
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Oct 37
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Nov 37
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Feb 38
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
4 Feb 38
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
12 Feb 38
p. 48.
New York Times
28 Feb 38
p. 19.
Variety
9 Feb 38
p. 14.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
Contr to scr const
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
SOUND
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play A Slight Case of Murder by Damon Runyon and Howard Lindsay (New York, 11 Sep 1935).
SONGS
by M. K. Jerome and Jack Scholl.
DETAILS
Release Date:
5 March 1938
Production Date:
mid October--late November 1937
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
24 February 1938
Copyright Number:
LP7837
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
85
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
3916
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Former bootlegger Remy Marko decides to make his beer business legitimate after Prohibition ends. Having sent his daughter Mary away to an expensive European school, he now wants his family to mix with the best society. Unfortunately for Remy, the beer he brews is awful and does not sell, and the bank calls in his loan. Remy asks the bankers to meet him at his summer home in Saratoga, hoping he will be able to convince them to extend his loan. On their way to the country, Remy, his wife Nora and Mary, who is home from school, stop at the orphanage where Remy grew up. Remy wants to give the most troublesome orphan a chance for some fresh air, and Douglas Fairbanks Rosenbloom is that orphan. When Remy's family and reformed gang members arrive at Saratoga, they find four bodies in the house. Remy recognizes the corpses as former enemies and decides to drop the bodies on the doorsteps of people he and his companions dislike. Meanwhile, Remy is extremely upset to learn that Dick Whitewood, Mary's fiancé, has become a state trooper. When the ex-gangsters discover that there is a reward for the dead men, who are wanted for robbing a group of bookies, they retrieve the bodies before they are discovered. A fifth thief, who is hiding in the house, tries to retrieve the stolen money from its hiding place in Douglas' room. During a party that evening, Remy discovers the stolen money and uses it to forestall the bankers before returning it to the bookies. He learns the truth about the taste of his beer and ... +


Former bootlegger Remy Marko decides to make his beer business legitimate after Prohibition ends. Having sent his daughter Mary away to an expensive European school, he now wants his family to mix with the best society. Unfortunately for Remy, the beer he brews is awful and does not sell, and the bank calls in his loan. Remy asks the bankers to meet him at his summer home in Saratoga, hoping he will be able to convince them to extend his loan. On their way to the country, Remy, his wife Nora and Mary, who is home from school, stop at the orphanage where Remy grew up. Remy wants to give the most troublesome orphan a chance for some fresh air, and Douglas Fairbanks Rosenbloom is that orphan. When Remy's family and reformed gang members arrive at Saratoga, they find four bodies in the house. Remy recognizes the corpses as former enemies and decides to drop the bodies on the doorsteps of people he and his companions dislike. Meanwhile, Remy is extremely upset to learn that Dick Whitewood, Mary's fiancé, has become a state trooper. When the ex-gangsters discover that there is a reward for the dead men, who are wanted for robbing a group of bookies, they retrieve the bodies before they are discovered. A fifth thief, who is hiding in the house, tries to retrieve the stolen money from its hiding place in Douglas' room. During a party that evening, Remy discovers the stolen money and uses it to forestall the bankers before returning it to the bookies. He learns the truth about the taste of his beer and makes plans to improve it. Later Dick accidentally shoots the fifth thief, impressing the police and his future father-in-law. +

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