Her Husband Lies (1937)

74-76 mins | Drama | 19 March 1937

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HISTORY

This film's working title was The Love Trap. According to reviews, it was based on incidents surrounding the murder of gangster Arnold Rothstein, who was involved in a narcotics ring. According to news items in the NYT, on 5 Nov 1928, Rothstein was found shot near Central Park Hotel after attending a gamblers meeting, but refused to name his assailants. He died on 7 Nov 1928. The investigation into Rothstein's murder and gang activities was covered extensively by the press for the next two years. This film marked artist's model Orien Heyward's first screen appearance. This film is a remake of the 1930 Paramount Famous Lasky Corp. film Street of Chance, starring William Powell, Jean Arthur, Kay Francis and Regis Toomey, and directed by John Cromwell (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.5437). ...

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This film's working title was The Love Trap. According to reviews, it was based on incidents surrounding the murder of gangster Arnold Rothstein, who was involved in a narcotics ring. According to news items in the NYT, on 5 Nov 1928, Rothstein was found shot near Central Park Hotel after attending a gamblers meeting, but refused to name his assailants. He died on 7 Nov 1928. The investigation into Rothstein's murder and gang activities was covered extensively by the press for the next two years. This film marked artist's model Orien Heyward's first screen appearance. This film is a remake of the 1930 Paramount Famous Lasky Corp. film Street of Chance, starring William Powell, Jean Arthur, Kay Francis and Regis Toomey, and directed by John Cromwell (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.5437).

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PERSONAL & COMPANY INDEX CREDITS
HISTORY CREDITS
CREDIT TYPE
CREDIT
General (mod):
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
11-Mar-37
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Film Daily
22 Mar 1937
p. 9
Hollywood Reporter
26 Jan 1937
p. 4
Hollywood Reporter
11 Mar 1937
p. 3
Motion Picture Daily
12 Mar 1937
p. 2
Motion Picture Herald
20 Mar 1937
p. 55
New York Times
18 Mar 1937
p. 20
Variety
24 Mar 1937
p. 17
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A B. P. Schulberg Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Sd rec
John N. Cope
Sd rec
SOURCES
SONGS
"No More Tears" and "You Gambled with Love," words by Ralph Freed, music by Burton Lane.
SONGWRITER/COMPOSER
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Love Trap
Release Date:
19 March 1937
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
12 March 1937
LP7025
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
74-76
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
3115
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

J. Ward Thomas of Park Avenue leads a double life as an investment broker and as notorious gambler Spade Martin, despite the protests of his beautiful wife Natalie, a nightclub singer who retired when they married. Spade's younger brother "Chick" wires Spade from Seattle that he has quit gambling for a job in real estate and is about to marry a nice girl named Betty. Relieved to find his kid brother is straight, Spade sends him $10,000 cash as a wedding present. When a woman posing as a pregnant wife comes to Spade for a loan, Spade gives it to her. Later, when Steve Burdick, the woman's supposed husband, brags in a bar that he made a fool of Spade, Spade's hit man, Trigger, kills Burdick. Tired of Spade's gambling, Natalie books a return engagement at Cafe Nocturne, telling him that she is a singer rather than a wife now. Spade promises to go straight in six days; however, Chick arrives in New York with a cocky attitude after having made fifty grand out of the ten. He is now ready to gamble against Spade Martin himself, unaware Spade is his brother. To teach Chick a lesson, Spade sets up one more game with "Big Ed" Bullock, the head of a gambling ring that lures wealthy tourists into joining them at poker. Inevitably, the outsider takes a heavy loss, and the gang splits the profits. Spade tells Big Ed he wants Chick to go straight, but while Spade and Natalie are at a romantic hideaway, Chick wins $70,000 in the poker game. Big Ed, furious, believes that Spade set him up ...

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J. Ward Thomas of Park Avenue leads a double life as an investment broker and as notorious gambler Spade Martin, despite the protests of his beautiful wife Natalie, a nightclub singer who retired when they married. Spade's younger brother "Chick" wires Spade from Seattle that he has quit gambling for a job in real estate and is about to marry a nice girl named Betty. Relieved to find his kid brother is straight, Spade sends him $10,000 cash as a wedding present. When a woman posing as a pregnant wife comes to Spade for a loan, Spade gives it to her. Later, when Steve Burdick, the woman's supposed husband, brags in a bar that he made a fool of Spade, Spade's hit man, Trigger, kills Burdick. Tired of Spade's gambling, Natalie books a return engagement at Cafe Nocturne, telling him that she is a singer rather than a wife now. Spade promises to go straight in six days; however, Chick arrives in New York with a cocky attitude after having made fifty grand out of the ten. He is now ready to gamble against Spade Martin himself, unaware Spade is his brother. To teach Chick a lesson, Spade sets up one more game with "Big Ed" Bullock, the head of a gambling ring that lures wealthy tourists into joining them at poker. Inevitably, the outsider takes a heavy loss, and the gang splits the profits. Spade tells Big Ed he wants Chick to go straight, but while Spade and Natalie are at a romantic hideaway, Chick wins $70,000 in the poker game. Big Ed, furious, believes that Spade set him up and threatens to murder Chick if Spade does not get him his money back. Spade, meanwhile, has promised Betty that he will send Chick back to her a broke, but decent man. Following the game, Big Ed orders Spade's old gang to locate him, and while Natalie sleeps, Spade slips out of their cabin and returns to the city. Big Ed, meanwhile, has invited Chick to play Spade in another game, in which Spade plans to help Big Ed beat Chick. When Chick recognizes his brother, he is more determined than ever to beat him, but cannot outwit Spade. Near the end of the game, Chick has lost $50,000 to Spade, but Spade is caught dealing from the bottom of the deck, although he swears he has never turned a crooked card before. Chick, disheartened, walks out, and Big Ed threatens to have Spade killed by his own former henchmen if he does not return the balance of Chick's profits. Natalie, meanwhile, has woken up to discover that Spade has again deserted her and vows to end their marriage. The now reformed Chick leaves New York with Betty, and Spade sends them $10,000. Natalie returns to the Cafe Nocturne and, that night, Big Ed is seated in the audience with his thugs. When Spade arrives at the club, one of the thugs shoots him. Fatally wounded, he returns Big Ed's money, then exits through the audience and collapses as Natalie sings a torch song.

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Genre:
Sub-genre:
with songs, Gangster


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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