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"A Slight Case of Murder" (1938)


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A Slight Case of Murder is probably one of the best, most delightful gangster parodies ever, with a great, memorable performance by Edward G. Robinson as Remy Marco, a former bootlegger trying to go legit after the end of Prohibition. (It would probably help a lot if he knew a thing about quality brewing).

 

The movie is based on a play co-written by Damon Runyon, and in my book, you can't go wrong with Runyon, see? ;)

 

Without going too much into the plot, let's just say that the movie is consistently entertaining from beginning to end, with great comic relief from Allen Jenkins, Edward Brophy, Harold Huber and even Margaret Hamilton (!).

 

Great fun, and the DVD is packed with lots of good extras, including the featurette "Prohibition Opens the Floodgates".

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Great flick and one of Eddie G's best gangster spoofs! Thanks for the review!

It's truly hilarious and there is a scene with Eddie G and Edward Brophy that totally cracks me up every time! I wish they had teamed up more frequently (as in another fantastic and funny gangster spoof, LARCENY, INC) Fun stuff!

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Just a quick heads-up for anyone who might want to catch it on TCM - it's on the schedule for Thursday night / Friday morning:

 

*A Slight Case Of Murder* (1938) 1:15am ET

A gangster finds the straight life ain't so simple.

Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Jane Bryan, Allen Jenkins, Ruth Donnelly Dir: Lloyd Bacon BW-85 mins, TV-G

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