There's Always a Woman

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There's Always a Woman
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Directed by Alexander Hall
Produced by William Perlberg
Written by Wilson Collison (story)
Gladys Lehman
Starring Joan Blondell
Melvyn Douglas
Mary Astor
Release dates
April 20, 1938
Running time
80-82 minutes
Country United States
Language English

There's Always a Woman is a 1938 comedy mystery film starring Joan Blondell and Melvyn Douglas as married detectives investigating a murder. The movie was based on the short story of the same name by Wilson Collison and the supporting cast includes Mary Astor.

A 19 year old Rita Hayworth makes a small uncredited appearance in this film as Mr. Ketterling's secretary.


Bill Reardon's private detective agency isn't making enough money, so he closes it and takes a job with the district attorney's office. Because the bills keep piling up, wife Sally decides to try being a private eye herself.

Sally is hired by a socialite, Lola Fraser, to find out if Lola's husband Walter is having an affair with Anne Calhoun, as she suspects. At a nightclub owned by Nick Shane, pretending to be out with Bill for pleasure rather than business, Sally observes that Anne's angry fiance Jerry Marlowe is threatening Walter Fraser, and before long Walter ends up dead.

Jerry is the prime suspect. Mr. Ketterling, who is Jerry's employer, hires Sally to prove him innocent. Shane could be behind it, she figures, but Shane's murdered body is found as well, and Sally catches a whiff of a familiar perfume, Lola's.

With her husband's help, Sally proves that Lola decided to kill Walter to become a wealthy widow because he was planning to divorce her. Lola gets her just desserts, and Sally's become a first-rate sleuth.


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