Evelyn Prentice

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Evelyn Prentice
theatrical release poster
Directed by William K. Howard
Produced by John W. Considine, Jr
Written by Lenore J. Coffee
Howard Emmett Rogers (adaptation)
Based on Evelyn Prentice
1933 novel
by W. E. Woodward
Starring William Powell
Myrna Loy
Music by Oscar Radin
R. H. Bassett (uncredited)
Cinematography Charles G. Clarke
Edited by Frank E. Hull
Release date
  • November 9, 1934 (1934-11-09) (U.S.)
Running time
78-80 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $498,000 (est.)[1]
Box office $1,166,000 (worldwide est.)[1]

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.[2]

Plot summary[edit]

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.[3]


Lobby card

Box office[edit]

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.[1]


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