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Crime Without Passion (1934)

Crime Without Passion





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Crime Without Passion is an odd, almost existential murder yarn. Famed attorney Claude Rains, incensed that his mistress (Margo) has been seeing other men, kills the girl--or at least thinks he does. Rains believes he is "above" such irritations as conscience and morality, and calmly arranges to cover his crime, using his knowledge of the law to escape detection. But Rains cannot truly escape from himself, and is cajoled by a surprising turn of events to break down and confess. Crime without Passion was ostensibly directed by Ben Hecht, who cowrote the screenplay with his longtime partner Charles McArthur, but most of the actual direction was the responsibility of cameraman Lee Garmes. Watch for cameo appearances by Fanny Brice, by MacArthur's wife Helen Hayes, and by Hecht and MacArthur themselves.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur
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Paramount Pictures


Claude Rains
as Lee Gentry
as Carmen Brown
Whitney Bourne
as Katy Costello
Stanley Ridges
as Eddie White
Paula Trueman
as Buster Malloy
Leslie Adams
as O'Brien
Esther Dale
as Miss Keeley
Charles Kennedy
as Lt. Norton
Ben Hecht
as Reporter
Helen Hayes
as Woman in Hotel Lobby
Fanny Brice
as Woman Sitting in Lob...
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Full Review… | February 23, 2012
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Riveting courtroom drama.

Full Review… | August 22, 2015
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