The Case of the Curious Bride

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The Case of the Curious Bride
The Case of the Curious Bride.jpg
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Produced by Harry Joe Brown (uncredited)
Written by Tom Reed
Brown Holmes (add. dialogue)
Based on novel by Erle Stanley Gardner
Starring Warren William
Margaret Lindsay
Donald Woods
Claire Dodd
Distributed by Warner Bros
Release date(s)
  • April 13, 1935 (1935-04-13)
Running time 80 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Case of the Curious Bride is a 1935 mystery film, the second in a series starring Warren William as Perry Mason, following The Case of the Howling Dog. The story is based on the novel of the same name by Erle Stanley Gardner.

The movie marked Errol Flynn's first appearance in a Hollywood film. He appears twice, as a corpse and in flashback towards the end.[1]

Plot[edit]

Rhoda Montaine learns that her first husband, Gregory Moxley, is still alive, which makes things awkward for her, since she has remarried Carl, the son of wealthy C. Phillip Montaine. She turns to Perry Mason for help, but when he goes to see Moxley, he finds only his corpse. Rhoda is arrested for murder.

Cast[edit]

Original novel[edit]

The Case of the Curious Bride
Author Erle Stanley Gardner
Country USA
Language English
Series Perry Mason
Genre mystery
Publisher Morrow
Publication date
1934

The script was based on a novel by Erle Stanley Gardner.

This was praised by the New York Times which said it "moves so swiftly that it keeps the reader in a constant state of tension."[2] The book proved to be one of the most popular of all the Perry Mason novels.[3]

Production[edit]

Warner Bros announced they bought the film rights in May 1934. Ironically, at the same time they announced they had purchased the film rights to Captain Blood, which would also star Errol Flynn.[4] Warners had earlier bought the rights to Gardner's Case of the Howling Dog and announced they would make the two films with Warren William as Perry Mason, with plans for an additional four films.[5][6] Alan Crosland was originally announced as director[7] but the job eventually went to Michael Curtiz.

Filming started early 1935. Errol Flynn, described as an "Irish leading man of the London stage" was signed in February.[8]

Reception[edit]

The Chicago Daily Tribune praised the film's "laudable speed and suspense".[9] The Los Angeles Times liked William's performance but thought his character "was almost too darn clever."[10]

DVD Release[edit]

On October 23, 2012, Warner Home Video released the film on DVD in Region 1 via their Warner Archive Collection alongside The Case of the Howling Dog, The Case of the Lucky Legs, The Case of the Velvet Claws, The Case of the Black Cat and The Case of the Stuttering Bishop in a set entitled Perry Mason: The Original Warner Bros. Movies Collection. This is a manufacture-on-demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Warner's online store and only in the US.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tony Thomas, Rudy Behlmer * Clifford McCarty, The Films of Errol Flynn, Citadel Press, 1969 p 27
  2. ^ THE CASE OF THE CURIOUS BRIDE. By Erle Stanley Gardner. 296 pp. New York: William Morrow & Co. $2. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 18 Nov 1934: BR18.
  3. ^ FUMILY CLOSE-UP: Erie Stanley Gardner 'Pens' Books Vocally Erle Stanley Gardner 'Pens' Novels Vocally Leap, Norris. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 30 Mar 1958: D1.
  4. ^ SCREEN NOTES. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 10 May 1934: 25.
  5. ^ Hecht and MacArthur, Producing Films in East, Plan to Revive "Racket" as Talkie: EDWARD G. ROBINSON SOUGHT FOR LEAD ROLE Thomas Meighan Returning in "Peck's Bad Boy;" Jan Kiepura Remaining in Europe Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 25 May 1934: 13.
  6. ^ Race Heralded Between Fredric March and Leslie Howard for "Anthony Adverse": FANS DEMANDING PLACE FOR NEWER CANDIDATE Three-Color Process to Be Viewed in News Reels; Warren William Latest Movie Detective Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 16 July 1934: 9.
  7. ^ Franchot Tone Sought as Leading Man for Several Stars, Including Katharine Hepburn: BRENT MAY APPEAR IN JOAN CRAWFORD PICTURE Fans Nominate Ronald Colman for Anthony Adverse; "Lorelei" Sighted for Dietrich Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 24 July 1934: 11.
  8. ^ Marlene Dietrich Will Play Empress Josephine if Napoleon Search Successful: Original by Szekely Under Consideration Frank Capra Will Direct "Valley Forge" at Columbia; "Radio Jamboree" Selected as Rudy Vallee's Next Picture Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 06 Feb 1935: 17.
  9. ^ Detective Film Is Full of Speed and Suspense: "THE CASE OF THE CURIOUS BRIDE." Tinee, Mae. Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963) [Chicago, Ill] 24 Apr 1935: 16.
  10. ^ Mystery and Humor Blend: "Case of Curious Bride" Now on Two Screens Scott, John. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 12 Apr 1935: 13.

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