Wives Under Suspicion (June 3, 1938)

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Wives Under Suspicion
 

Released on June 3, 1938: A district attorney prosecuting a man for killing his wife while she was with another man suspects that his own wife may be seeing someone else.

Directed by James Whale

The Actors: Warren William (District Attorney Jim Stowell), Gail Patrick (Lucy Stowell), Constance Moore (Elizabeth), William Lundigan (Phil), Ralph Morgan (Dr. Shaw MacAllen), Cecil Cunningham (Miss 'Sharpy' Sharp), Samuel S. Hinds (David Marrow), Milburn Stone (Kirk), Lillian Yarbo (Creola), Jonathan Hale (Allison), Mark Daniels (reporter), Matty Fain (Joseph Patterson), James Flavin (chauffeur Jenks), Jack Gardner (reporter), William Gould (prison warden), John Harmon (gangster hit man), Grace Hayle (lady in courtroom), J. Anthony Hughes (Murphy), Ray Johnson (reporter), Jack Latham (young reporter), Edward LeSaint (first judge), Bert Moorhouse (Assistant District Attorney), Frank O'Connor (second prison official), David Oliver (taxi driver), Raymond Parker (reporter), Lee Phelps (old timer reporter), William Ruhl (reporter Edward Hennessy), Francis Sayles (first prison official), Edwin Stanley (Forbes, second judge), Ben Taggart (Fred, Police Lieutenant), Minerva Urecal (lady in courtroom)

 

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To Caesar's Wife!

Warren William, as District Attorney Jim Stowell, is passionate about sending men to the electric chair . . . so passionate that he neglects his wife and works every waking minute. Ahhhh, but neglected wives get bored, angry, and sometimes find someone else to satisfy their needs . . . When the D.A. finally goes home to celebrate his wife's birthday he finds her with Phil and Elizabeth, and Phil seems a bit too friendly with his wife Lucy. After talking about men who neglect their wives for their work, like Caesar did, they toast to Caesar's wife . . . before they remember what happened to her. But that uneasy feeling is soon forgotten as the D.A. takes charge of a murder case where a local college professor kills his wife when he finds her in the arms of another man. The professor has ignored his wife because of his love of teaching, and explains to the D.A. that he went out of his mind when he saw his wife and another man and shot her dead. The D.A. believes that the man shot her dead in a planned and deliberate way, only using the 'other man' excuse to get off from a murder charge. But then . . . as the case is proceeding along . . . the D.A. discovers his wife acting exactly like the professor claimed that HIS wife acted on the night that she went to the arms of another man . . . and the D.A. follows her and discovers her with Phil . . . and the D.A. pulls out HIS gun, aiming through the window at his wife and Phil . . . . Wow, what a story! As it went along I decided that it would end Perry Mason style, with a courtroom bombshell explaining that the professor had not killed his wife, but that her lover actually killed her and put the gun back in the professor's hand as he was out of his mind . . . that would be a great twist . . . but no . . . here was the D.A. with his finger on the trigger ready to fire at his wife and Phil through the lace curtained window . . . this adventure is NOT going the way my mind laid it out . . . where the heck are they going with this story? What will happen next? Who will die next? Who will go to the electric chair? Who will survive? Who will tie up the loose ends and make some kind of ending to this riveting tale of wives under suspicion? Who will pop the big bowl of white kernel popcorn and pour warm melted butter on it before we sit down and watch? Who indeed!

Warren William aims his gun at his wife and Phil
Warren William aims his gun at his wife and Phil
Ben Taggart and Milburn Stone and Cecil Cunningham
Ben Taggart and Milburn Stone and Cecil Cunningham
Cecil CUnningham as Miss 'Sharpy' Sharp
Cecil CUnningham as Miss 'Sharpy' Sharp
Cecil Cunningham in Wives Under Suspicion
Cecil Cunningham in Wives Under Suspicion
Constance Moore as Elizabeth
Constance Moore as Elizabeth
David Oliver and Warren William
David Oliver and Warren William
Edeward LeSaint in Wives Under Suspicion
Edeward LeSaint in Wives Under Suspicion
Gail Patrick and Lillian Yarbo
Gail Patrick and Lillian Yarbo
Gail Patrick and Warren William dressed and ready to go out on the town
Gail Patrick and Warren William dressed and ready to go out on the town
Gail Patrick and Warren William
Gail Patrick and Warren William
Gail Patrick and William Lundigan
Gail Patrick and William Lundigan
Gail Patrick as Mrs. Lucy Stowell
Gail Patrick as Mrs. Lucy Stowell
Gail Patrick cries as she hears the Professor's confession
Gail Patrick cries as she hears the Professor's confession
Gail Patrick listens to the recording of the Professors confession
Gail Patrick listens to the recording of the Professors confession
Jonathan Hale and Cecil Cunningham
Jonathan Hale and Cecil Cunningham
Jonathan Hale and Warren William
Jonathan Hale and Warren William
Jonathan Hale visits Warren William in the hospital
Jonathan Hale visits Warren William in the hospital
Lillian Yarbo and Gale Patrick listen to the radio announcement
Lillian Yarbo and Gale Patrick listen to the radio announcement
Lillian Yarbo as maid Creola
Lillian Yarbo as maid Creola
Lillian Yarbo as the housekeeper in Wives Under Suspcion
Lillian Yarbo as the housekeeper in Wives Under Suspcion
Matty Fain as killer Joseph Patterson
Matty Fain as killer Joseph Patterson
Milburn Stone and Cecil Cunningham
Milburn Stone and Cecil Cunningham
Milburn Stone and Warren William in court
Milburn Stone and Warren William in court
Ralph Morgan and Warren William
Ralph Morgan and Warren William
Ralph Morgan as Professor Shaw MacAllen
Ralph Morgan as Professor Shaw MacAllen
Samuel S. Hinds and Warren William
Samuel S. Hinds and Warren William
Samuel S. Hinds as defense attorney David Marrow
Samuel S. Hinds as defense attorney David Marrow
Warren William and Cecil Cunningham
Warren William and Cecil Cunningham
Warren William and Milburn Stone
Warren William and Milburn Stone
Warren William questions Ralph Morgan on the witness stand
Warren William questions Ralph Morgan on the witness stand
Warren William as District Attorney Jim Stowell
Warren William as District Attorney Jim Stowell
Warren William in the hospital
Warren William in the hospital
Warren William confronts Gail Patrick
Warren William confronts Gail Patrick
Warren in evening dress
Warren in evening dress
Warren William
Warren William
Warren William thinks his wife is with another man
Warren William thinks his wife is with another man
William Lundigan and Gail Patrick
William Lundigan and Gail Patrick
William Lundigan as Phil
William Lundigan as Phil