A slight case of murder

Language and/or Subtitles: English
Format: DVD 2006
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Slight Case of Murder is a breakneck-paced comedy starring Edward G. Robinson as a tough but good-hearted bootlegger. When Prohibition is repealed, Robinson faces a financial crisis: His beer tastes so awful that no one wants to drink it legally. As an additional headache, Robinson is under scrutiny from the Law, which is waiting to slip the cuffs on him for the slightest infraction. He arrives at his rented Saratoga mansion with his wife (Ruth Donnelly), daughter (Jane Bryan) and adopted son (Bobby Jordan), only to discover that a killer has left four corpses in his bedroom. Robinson and his stooges are forced to hide the bodies before his future son-in-law (Willard Parker), who happens to be a cop, tumbles to the dilemma. Based on a stage play by Howard Lindsay and Damon Runyon, A Slight Case of Murder a just as entertaining in the 1990s as it was fifty years ago (please ignore a tepid 1953 musical remake titled Stop, You're Killing Me). Surprisingly, this film was not a favorite of star Edward G. Robinson, who felt that director Lloyd Bacon rushed through the material without taking full advantage of its comic potential. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
A bootlegger tries to turn legitimate but has corpses hanging around."
Additional Information
Subjects Businessmen -- United States -- Drama.
Alcoholic beverage industry -- United States -- Drama.
Racketeering -- United States -- Drama.
Murder -- Drama.
Families -- United States -- Drama.
Fiction films.
Feature films.
Film adaptations.
Comedy films.
Screwball comedy films.
Parody films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Publisher Burbank, CA :Warner Bros. Entertainment :2006
Distributed by Warner Home Video,
Edition Full screen.
Other Titles Slight case of murder.
Slight case of murder.
Contributors Bacon, Lloyd, 1890-1955, director.
Baldwin, Earl, 1901-1970, screenwriter.
Schrank, Joseph, screenwriter.
Robinson, Edward G., 1893-1973, actor.
Bryan, Jane, 1918-2009, actor.
Jenkins, Allen, 1900-1974, actor.
Donnelly, Ruth, 1896-1982, actor.
Parker, Willard, 1912-1996, actor.
Runyon, Damon, 1880-1946. Slight case of murder.
Lindsay, Howard, 1889-1968. Slight case of murder.
Warner Bros. Pictures (1923-1967), production company.
Turner Entertainment Co., production company.
Warner Bros. Entertainment, publisher.
Warner Home Video (Firm), film distributor.
Participants/Performers Edward G. Robinson, Jane Bryan, Allen Jenkins, Ruth Donnelly, Willard Parker.
Audience Not rated.
Language English
English dialogue, with optional English, French or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.
Notes Title from container.
Based on the stage play by Damon Runyon and Howard Lindsay.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1938.
Special features: "Warner night at the movies 1938" short subjects gallery; vintage newsreel; OscarĀ®-nominated drama short "Declaration of independence"; classic cartoon "The night watchman"; trailers of "A slight case of murder" and "The dawn patrol"; featurette "Prohibition opens the floodgates"; commentary by film historian Robert Sklar.
System Details DVD, region 1, full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby Digital mono., dual layer.
Description 1 videodisc (85 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 1419825917
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