The Case of the Curious Bride (1935)

68 or 74 mins | Mystery | 13 April 1935

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writer:

Tom Reed

Producer:

Harry Joe Brown

Cinematographer:

David Abel

Editor:

Terry Morse

Production Designer:

Carl Jules Weyl

Production Company:

First National Productions Corp.
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HISTORY

Some scenes were filmed on location in San Francisco. Errol Flynn (1909--1959) made his American debut in this film. For more information on other Perry Mason films see The Case of the Howling Dog (below) and consult the Series ... More Less

Some scenes were filmed on location in San Francisco. Errol Flynn (1909--1959) made his American debut in this film. For more information on other Perry Mason films see The Case of the Howling Dog (below) and consult the Series Index. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
28 Jan 35
p. 3.
Daily Variety
18 Feb 35
p. 5.
Daily Variety
12 Apr 35
p. 3.
Film Daily
4 Apr 35
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Feb 35
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Apr 35
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
4 Apr 35
p. 7.
Motion Picture Herald
13 Apr 35
p. 48.
New York Times
5 Apr 35
p. 21.
Variety
10 Apr 35
p. 17.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Clue Club Picture
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Scr
Addl dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Cam op
Transparency projection shots
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
SOUND
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Case of the Curious Bride by Erle Stanley Gardner (New York, 1935).
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
13 April 1935
Production Date:
began 28 Jan 1935
Copyright Claimant:
First National Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
8 April 1935
Copyright Number:
LP5455
Physical Properties:
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
68 or 74
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
685
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Rhoda Montaine, an old friend of lawyer Perry Mason, asks him to help a friend of hers who has just learned that her first husband, thought to be dead, is still alive. Suspecting that Rhoda herself is the woman in trouble, Perry has his friend, the coroner, exhume her first husband, Gregory Moxley's, coffin. Instead of a corpse, they find the statue of a wooden Indian. Having learned where Moxley lives, Perry decides to threaten him, but when he arrives, Moxley is dead. Perry then visits Rhoda's house, where her current husband, Carl Montaine, reveals that Rhoda has left him to protect him from a scandal. Realizing that this will make her appear guilty to the police, Perry follows her to the airport and has her surrender to the press. C. Phillip Montaine, Carl's father, insists that Rhoda's marriage to his son is illegimate, which would allow Carl to testify against her. To prevent that, Perry hires another woman to pretend to have married Moxley before Rhoda. Perry's detective, Spudsy Drake, discovers that Moxley had actually married showgirl Doris Pender, but even though her brother Oscar admits he was at Moxley's apartment on the night of the murder, he denies having committed the crime. Perry throws a cocktail party, inviting all the suspects. Oscar identifies Carl as the man who ran down the stairs from the apartment. Carl admits that he was there, but explains that Moxley died accidentally during a fight. Perry agrees to defend Carl by pleading self-defense, and Rhoda is cleared of all ... +


Rhoda Montaine, an old friend of lawyer Perry Mason, asks him to help a friend of hers who has just learned that her first husband, thought to be dead, is still alive. Suspecting that Rhoda herself is the woman in trouble, Perry has his friend, the coroner, exhume her first husband, Gregory Moxley's, coffin. Instead of a corpse, they find the statue of a wooden Indian. Having learned where Moxley lives, Perry decides to threaten him, but when he arrives, Moxley is dead. Perry then visits Rhoda's house, where her current husband, Carl Montaine, reveals that Rhoda has left him to protect him from a scandal. Realizing that this will make her appear guilty to the police, Perry follows her to the airport and has her surrender to the press. C. Phillip Montaine, Carl's father, insists that Rhoda's marriage to his son is illegimate, which would allow Carl to testify against her. To prevent that, Perry hires another woman to pretend to have married Moxley before Rhoda. Perry's detective, Spudsy Drake, discovers that Moxley had actually married showgirl Doris Pender, but even though her brother Oscar admits he was at Moxley's apartment on the night of the murder, he denies having committed the crime. Perry throws a cocktail party, inviting all the suspects. Oscar identifies Carl as the man who ran down the stairs from the apartment. Carl admits that he was there, but explains that Moxley died accidentally during a fight. Perry agrees to defend Carl by pleading self-defense, and Rhoda is cleared of all suspicion. +

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