There's Always a Woman (1938)

80-82 mins | Screwball comedy, Mystery | 20 April 1938

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HISTORY

HR production charts lists actors Wyn Cahoon, Arthur Loft, John Gallaudet and William Burress in the film, but their appearance in the relased picture has not been confirmed. According to modern sources, this film was to be the first in the "Bill and Sally Reardon--Private Detectives" series. The series did not materialize, however, and only one other film about the sleuthing Reardons, There's That Woman Again (see below), was completed. Modern sources also note that the film was originally shot with Rita Hayworth in an important role, but when the studio decided to make a series out of the film, it cut her screen appearance down to half a minute to avoid having to commit another major character to the ... More Less

HR production charts lists actors Wyn Cahoon, Arthur Loft, John Gallaudet and William Burress in the film, but their appearance in the relased picture has not been confirmed. According to modern sources, this film was to be the first in the "Bill and Sally Reardon--Private Detectives" series. The series did not materialize, however, and only one other film about the sleuthing Reardons, There's That Woman Again (see below), was completed. Modern sources also note that the film was originally shot with Rita Hayworth in an important role, but when the studio decided to make a series out of the film, it cut her screen appearance down to half a minute to avoid having to commit another major character to the series. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
16 Mar 38
p. 3.
Film Daily
19 Mar 38
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Jan 38
p. 18.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Mar 38
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
17 Mar 38
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
19 Mar 38
p. 41, 46
Motion Picture Herald
25 Jun 38
p. 66.
Motion Picture Herald
16 Jul 38
p. 86.
New York Times
29 Apr 38
p. 17.
Time
18 Apr 38
p. 51.
Variety
4 May 38
p. 15.
DETAILS
Release Date:
20 April 1938
Production Date:
5 January--17 February 1938
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Copyright Date:
26 March 1938
Copyright Number:
LP7908
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
80-82
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
4022
SYNOPSIS

After closing his New York City private detective agency due to a lack of business, William H. Reardon goes back to work for the district attorney's office. The office does not stay closed for long, however, as Bill's vivacious wife Sally has decided to reopen the debt-ridden agency and run it herself. The agency is soon headed for success when rich socialite Lola Fraser commissions Sally to follow her husband Walter, whom she suspects of having an affair with Anne Calhoun, his former sweetheart. Later, Sally persuades Bill to take her to the expensive Skyline Club, where, unknown to Bill, she spies on Lola, Walter and Anne, and makes a spectacle of herself in the process. Sally's interest is piqued when she sees Walter pass a note to Anne, who then gives it to the nightclub's owner, Nick Shane. Sally then witnesses Jerry Marlowe, Anne's fiancé, become jealous of Walter and threaten to kill him. The following day, newspaper headlines report that Walter has been murdered. Because Sally has provided the police with a tip that Jerry may be the killer, Jerry's attorney, Mr. Ketterling, hires her to prove his client's innocence. Sally eavesdrops as Bill, who has also taken up the investigation, questions the suspects in the Fraser home. She later discovers Anne in Lola's apartment trying to steal an incriminating letter that she had written to Walter. On another occasion, Sally goes to Lola's apartment, where Shane, who has just demanded $50,000 from Lola, hides. When Sally returns home, she finds Shane's body and smells the fragrance of Lola's perfume. The clues eventually lead Sally and ... +


After closing his New York City private detective agency due to a lack of business, William H. Reardon goes back to work for the district attorney's office. The office does not stay closed for long, however, as Bill's vivacious wife Sally has decided to reopen the debt-ridden agency and run it herself. The agency is soon headed for success when rich socialite Lola Fraser commissions Sally to follow her husband Walter, whom she suspects of having an affair with Anne Calhoun, his former sweetheart. Later, Sally persuades Bill to take her to the expensive Skyline Club, where, unknown to Bill, she spies on Lola, Walter and Anne, and makes a spectacle of herself in the process. Sally's interest is piqued when she sees Walter pass a note to Anne, who then gives it to the nightclub's owner, Nick Shane. Sally then witnesses Jerry Marlowe, Anne's fiancé, become jealous of Walter and threaten to kill him. The following day, newspaper headlines report that Walter has been murdered. Because Sally has provided the police with a tip that Jerry may be the killer, Jerry's attorney, Mr. Ketterling, hires her to prove his client's innocence. Sally eavesdrops as Bill, who has also taken up the investigation, questions the suspects in the Fraser home. She later discovers Anne in Lola's apartment trying to steal an incriminating letter that she had written to Walter. On another occasion, Sally goes to Lola's apartment, where Shane, who has just demanded $50,000 from Lola, hides. When Sally returns home, she finds Shane's body and smells the fragrance of Lola's perfume. The clues eventually lead Sally and Bill to the conclusion that Lola is the killer, and they trick her into confessing to her husband's murder. It is then learned that she killed her husband because she learned from his attorney that he was planning to divorce her. Realizing that she would be wealthier as a widow, Lola hired Shane to kill Walter, but when Shane tried to blackmail her, she killed him. With the case solved, Bill and Sally rush back into each other's arms. +

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