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|Directed by||William K. Howard|
|Produced by||John W. Considine, Jr|
Lenore J. Coffee|
Howard Emmett Rogers (adaptation)
by W. E. Woodward
R. H. Bassett (uncredited)
|Cinematography||Charles G. Clarke|
|Edited by||Frank E. Hull|
|Box office||$1,166,000 (worldwide est.)|
Evelyn Prentice is a 1934 film starring William Powell and Myrna Loy, and featuring Una Merkel and Rosalind Russell in her film debut. The movie was based on the 1933 novel of the same name by W. E. Woodward. Filmed between the original Thin Man and the first of its sequels, William Powell and Myrna Loy are re-teamed as another husband-and-wife team knee deep in a murder mystery.
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Evelyn Prentice, neglected wife of attorney John Prentice, begins a flirtation with Lawrence Kennard, a poet, who turns out to be a gigolo. It also comes out that John had a brief fling with a former client. After it appears that Evelyn shot Kennard when he attempted to blackmail her, Judith Wilson, another woman, is charged with the crime. Evelyn, along with their small daughter, convinces her husband to take on Wilson's defense. But, as the case progresses, she becomes more and more worried that Judith will be convicted. She decides she must go to court and confess. Despite her husband's efforts to prevent her, Evelyn blurts out that she apparently shot Kennard when they struggled over the gun. John manages to get Judith to confess to shooting Kennard, and to convince the jury it was self-defense. Once it is all over, John tells Evelyn all is forgiven and forgotten.
- William Powell as John Prentice
- Myrna Loy as Evelyn Prentice
- Una Merkel as Amy Drexel
- Rosalind Russell as Mrs. Nancy Harrison
- Isabel Jewell as Judith Wilson
- Harvey Stephens as Lawrence Kennard
- Edward Brophy as Eddie Delaney
- Henry Wadsworth as Chester Wylie
- Cora Sue Collins as Dorothy Prentice
- Frank Conroy as District Attorney Farley
- Jessie Ralph as Mrs. Blake
The film grossed a total (domestic and foreign) of $1,166,000: $700,000 from the US and Canada and $466,000 elsewhere. It made a profit of $244,000.
- Sedgwick, John (2000). Popular Filmgoing in 1930s Britain: A Choice of Pleasures. University of Exeter Press. ISBN 9780859896603. Retrieved August 7, 2014.
- Evelyn Prentice at the TCM Movie Database
- Evelyn Prentice on IMDb
- Evelyn Prentice at AllMovie
- Evelyn Prentice at the American Film Institute Catalog
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