Crime Without Passion

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Crime Without Passion
Crime Without Passion FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Ben Hecht
Charles MacArthur
Produced by Ben Hecht
Charles MacArthur
Written by Ben Hecht
Charles MacArthur
Cinematography Lee Garmes
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • August 30, 1934 (1934-08-30)
Running time
70 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Crime Without Passion is a 1934 American drama film directed by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, starring Claude Rains. It is the first of four pictures written, produced and directed by Hecht and MacArthur for Paramount Pictures. Sixty to seventy percent of the film was directed by cinematographer Lee Garmes.[citation needed]

The plot centers around a clever and suave but unscrupulous and dishonest lawyer, Lee Gentry (Rains) who boasts that he "lives by lies". His attempts to finish his affair with a clinging, besotted cabaret artist do not go according to plan. Rains is on top form and turns in a marvellously wicked performance.



  • EAMES, John Douglas, The Paramount Story, London: Octopus Books, 1985
  • MATTOS, A. C. Gomes de, Hollywood Anos 30, Rio de Janeiro: EBAL - Editora Brasil-América, 1991 (Portuguese)

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