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  1. The reason I put this in "Pre-Code" is because the film came out in 1934. But on Wiki, it doesn't say it's a pre-Code film. But I decided to put it here anyway because no other categories seemed to fit at first glance; if it needs to be moved to another genre, that's fine. So this black & white 1934 film stars Warren William and Mary Astor, and was directed by Alan Crosland. I won't completely spoil it, but basically it's one of the early "Perry Mason films" (actually, the earliest, according to Wiki.) It's given 3 1/2 stars on IMdb. Although on the film description on my TV, it showed 2 stars. Either way, I agree it's not a spectacular movie. My mom and I were confused from just about beginning to end; we learned in the end that Perry Mason apparently knew that his client, Besse, had killed her husband and dog - but in self defense. That's all the spoilers I'm giving. Yeah, this was much different than the T.V. series most know about. Personally, I liked the Perry Mason in this film - played by Warren William - better than the Raymond Burr-played Perry Mason. Probably due to the fact that while this man was more strict and formal (film is from 1934), he also seemed more relatable and not so much like a superhero as in the TV series who can never lose a case and seem cocky all the time. Some of the acting was meh and one inconsistency I noticed: the maid who works for the man Mason was originally supposed to work with on a will was supposedly almost deaf. Yet when Perry Mason rang the doorbell, she answered pretty quickly. Later, when another man banged on the door, she never answered, if she was even there. So was she in kahoot with the guilty party? The whole film was a bit confusing. I've yet to see the other Perry Mason films, but I'll go ahead and rate this film a 6/10.
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