Evelyn Prentice (1934)

78 or 80 mins | Melodrama | 9 November 1934

Director:

William K. Howard

Writer:

Lenore Coffee

Cinematographer:

Charles G. Clarke

Editor:

Frank E. Hull

Production Designers:

Cedric Gibbons, Edwin B. Willis

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

Rosalind Russell (1907--1976) made her screen debut in Evelyn Prentice , which also was the first film in which Myrna Loy and William Powell co-starred after their successful pairing in The Thin Man (see below). According to a mid-Sep 1934 HR production chart, Howard Emmett Rogers "adapted" Woodward's novel, but his contribution to the final film has not been determined. HR production charts add the following actors to the cast list: Claudelle Kaye, Ruth Renick, Pasquali, Billy Sullivan, Crauford Kent and Joe Keaton. Their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. M-G-M remade W. E. Woodward's book in 1939 as Stronger Than Desire (See ... More Less

Rosalind Russell (1907--1976) made her screen debut in Evelyn Prentice , which also was the first film in which Myrna Loy and William Powell co-starred after their successful pairing in The Thin Man (see below). According to a mid-Sep 1934 HR production chart, Howard Emmett Rogers "adapted" Woodward's novel, but his contribution to the final film has not been determined. HR production charts add the following actors to the cast list: Claudelle Kaye, Ruth Renick, Pasquali, Billy Sullivan, Crauford Kent and Joe Keaton. Their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. M-G-M remade W. E. Woodward's book in 1939 as Stronger Than Desire (See Entry). More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
27 Oct 34
p. 3.
Film Daily
10 Nov 34
p. 4.
HF
18 Aug 34
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Sep 34
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Oct 34
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Oct 34
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
3 Nov 34
p. 36.
New York Times
10 Nov 34
p. 19.
Variety
13 Nov 34
p. 15.
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A Cosmopolitan Production
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Ward
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LITERARY
Based on the novel Evelyn Prentice by W. E. Woodward (New York, 1933).
DETAILS
Release Date:
9 November 1934
Production Date:
20 August--early October 1934
Copyright Claimant:
Metro Goldwyn Mayer Corp.
Copyright Date:
7 November 1934
Copyright Number:
LP5127
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
78 or 80
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
379
SYNOPSIS

Although she loves her husband, prominent defense attorney John Prentice, and is confident that he loves her, Evelyn Prentice bemoans his long working hours. While John is preoccupied with acquitting the seductive Mrs. Nancy Harrison, a socialite on trial for manslaughter, Evelyn is approached in a nightclub by gigolo Lawrence Kennard. Later, after John finds himself on the same Boston-bound train as Nancy, Evelyn receives a book of Kennard's poetry and an invitation to tea. At the urging of her best friend, Amy Drexel, Evelyn accepts Kennard's invitation but maintains her loyalty to her husband. Soon after John returns from Boston, Evelyn receives a package containing a woman's watch, which has been inscribed "To Nancy, from John," and a note from the train company explaining that the watch was found in John's drawing room. Devastated, Evelyn has another rendezvous with Kennard but, before she has compromised herself, tells him that their flirtation is over. Amy, meanwhile, shows Nancy's watch to John, who tells her that Nancy planted it in his room to destroy his marriage. Although neither John nor Evelyn discuss the watch, they both agree to take a long trip to Europe with their daughter Dorothy. Before they leave, however, Kennard telephones Evelyn and demands that she come to his apartment. There, Kennard shows Evelyn three letters that she had written to him and insists on $15,000 in blackmail payment. In spite of the relative innocence of the letters, Evelyn panics and grabs a gun from an open desk drawer. At that moment, Judith Wilson, Kennard's abused girl friend, enters the apartment's back door and hears a gunshot in the ... +


Although she loves her husband, prominent defense attorney John Prentice, and is confident that he loves her, Evelyn Prentice bemoans his long working hours. While John is preoccupied with acquitting the seductive Mrs. Nancy Harrison, a socialite on trial for manslaughter, Evelyn is approached in a nightclub by gigolo Lawrence Kennard. Later, after John finds himself on the same Boston-bound train as Nancy, Evelyn receives a book of Kennard's poetry and an invitation to tea. At the urging of her best friend, Amy Drexel, Evelyn accepts Kennard's invitation but maintains her loyalty to her husband. Soon after John returns from Boston, Evelyn receives a package containing a woman's watch, which has been inscribed "To Nancy, from John," and a note from the train company explaining that the watch was found in John's drawing room. Devastated, Evelyn has another rendezvous with Kennard but, before she has compromised herself, tells him that their flirtation is over. Amy, meanwhile, shows Nancy's watch to John, who tells her that Nancy planted it in his room to destroy his marriage. Although neither John nor Evelyn discuss the watch, they both agree to take a long trip to Europe with their daughter Dorothy. Before they leave, however, Kennard telephones Evelyn and demands that she come to his apartment. There, Kennard shows Evelyn three letters that she had written to him and insists on $15,000 in blackmail payment. In spite of the relative innocence of the letters, Evelyn panics and grabs a gun from an open desk drawer. At that moment, Judith Wilson, Kennard's abused girl friend, enters the apartment's back door and hears a gunshot in the next room. Before Judith sees her, Evelyn rushes out the front door and returns home, determined to reveal nothing to John. However, when she learns that Judith has been accused of killing Kennard, Evelyn convinces John to forego their trip to Europe and defend Judith. From Judith, John learns first that Kennard was seeing the "wife of a prominent man" and then later that he had kept a diary. While John's investigator tracks down the diary, Evelyn grows more and more uneasy about Judith's chances of acquittal. Then on the last day of the trial, Evelyn decides to tell the truth and goes with Amy to the court. During the district attorney's summation, John receives Kennard's diary, in which Evelyn is identified as "the prominent wife." At the same time, Evelyn, unable to endure the prosecutor's attack on Judith, interrupts the proceedings and demands to be heard. Although John tries to block her testimony, Evelyn confesses that, during a struggle with Kennard, the gun went off accidentally, apparently hitting Kennard. To the surprise of the court, John questions Judith and, using Evelyn's testimony against her, forces her to admit that she had shot Kennard after Evelyn had left. John convinces the jury that Judith killed Kennard in self-defense, and then informs Evelyn that all is forgiven and forgotten. +

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