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There's Always a Woman (1938)

There's Always a Woman





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Capitalizing on the success of MGM's Thin Man series, virtually every major studio of the 1930s came up with its own husband-and-wife detective team. Columbia's entry was There's Always a Woman, starring Melvyn Douglas and Joan Blondell. Douglas and Blondell are the married proprietors of an unsuccessful private eye. On the verge of quitting the business, Douglas is given a $300 retainer by Mary Astor for a seemingly simple trackdown job. Disinterested, Douglas turns the case over to his wife--but reenters the scene when a murder occurs. Rita Hayworth appears in a 30-second bit, cut down from a full supporting role when the picture threatened to run too long. There's Always a Woman was supposed to be the first of a Douglas/Blondell series, but that notion ended with the comparative failure of their next vehicle, There's That Woman Again (39).more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Wilson Collison, Gladys Lehman
In Theaters:
Columbia Pictures


Melvyn Douglas
as William Reardon
Joan Blondell
as Sally Reardon
Mary Astor
as Lola Fraser
Frances Drake
as Anne Calhoun
Jerome Cowan
as Nick Shane
Robert Paige
as Jerry Marlowe
Thurston Hall
as District Attorney
Pierre Watkin
as Mr. Ketterling
Lester Matthews
as Walter Fraser
Rita Hayworth
as Ketterling's Secreta...
Arthur Loft
as Radio Patrolman
Joseph DeStefani
as Cigar Stand Clerk
Marek Windheim
as Head Waiter
Eddie Fetherstone
as Photographer
Eddie Fetherston
as Photographer
Joseph De Stefani
as Cigar Stand Clerk
Gene Morgan
as Officer Fogarty
Tom Dugan
as Detective Flannigan
Bud Geary
as District Attorney's ...
Lee Phelps
as Police Broadcaster
William Strauss
as Rent Collector
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Silly Thin Man clone is made quite palatable by breezy Blondell, flummoxed Douglas, sly Astor.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Mystery-comedy propelled by the bouncy Joan Blondell at her best, golden curls flopping about with every sudden movement. Melvyn Douglas makes a fine foil as her private detective husband who sorely wants his old job back with the D.A. after a bad run of luck with his own private agency. Becomes plot-heavy in the final third, bogging down an otherwise jolly whodunit.

Doctor Strangeblog

Super Reviewer


Average mystery comedy excels as a Joan Blondell vehicle. A few nice quirks and surprises. Can't picture the sequel without Joan.


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