Evelyn Prentice (1934)





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Filmed between the original Thin Man and the first of its sequels, Evelyn Prentice re-teamed William Powell and Myrna Loy as another husband-and-wife team knee deep in a murder mystery. In this one, Powell is John Prentice, a prominent lawyer with an eye for women other than his own wife. His latest interest is Nancy Harrison (Rosalind Russell, in her film debut), a client accused of manslaughter, whom Prentice successfully defended. Loy plays John's wife, Evelyn, who loves him but is hurt by his inattention and the loneliness that ensues. This leads her to engage in a flirtation of her own, with a charming writer (Harvey Stephens). The writer, however, is interested in Evelyn only for what he can get out of her and threatens to blackmail her. In a panic, she shoots him and runs away, discovering later that he has been found dead and that another woman, Judith Wilson, has been accused of his murder. Hoping that his expert legal skills will the innocent woman her acquittal, Evelyn convinces her husband to take on Wilson's defense. As the film progresses, Evelyn feels increasingly pressured to admit that she is responsible for the man's death.
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Myrna Loy
as Evelyn Prentice
William Powell
as John Prentice
Rosalind Russell
as Mrs. Nancy Harrison
Una Merkel
as Amy Drexel
Harvey Stephens
as Lawrence Kennard
Isabel Jewell
as Judith Wilson
Henry Wadsworth
as Chester Wylie
Edward S. Brophy
as Eddie Delaney
Cora Sue Collins
as Dorothy Prentice
Jessie Ralph
as Mrs. Blake
Perry Ivins
as Dr. Gillette
Sam Flint
as Dr. Lyons
Pat O'Malley
as Det. Pat Thompson
J.P. McGowan
as Det. Mack Clark
Jack Mulhall
as Gregory
Wilbur Mack
as Reporter
Garry Owen
as Reporter
Phil Tead
as Reporter
Herman Bing
as Klein, the Antique Dealer
Georgia Caine
as Mrs. Newton
John Hyams
as Mr. Humphreys
Howard Hickman
as Mr. Whitlock
Sam McDaniel
as Porter
Billy Gilbert
as Barney, the Cafe Owner
Clarence Wilson
as Public Defender
Francis McDonald
as Charles, the Chauffeur
Cactus Jack Mack
as Albert, the Butler
Richard Tucker
as Mr. Dillingham
Frank Conroy
as District Attorney Farley
Sherry Hall
as Court Clerk
Matty Roubert
as Newsboy
Ruth Warren
as Miss Meade, John Prentice's Secretary
Bob Perry
as Juryman
Larry Steers
as Diner/Extra
Clarence H. Wilson
as Public Defender
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Critic Reviews for Evelyn Prentice

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A major misstep for all involved.

Full Review… | August 20, 2007

This is not one of the better pairings of the charismatic Loy and Powell duo.

Full Review… | October 1, 2006
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Interesting film, but only half the way through does it get going. Big lawyer leaves wife alone too much and she gets involved in an affair, or so it seems. The neglected wife of begins a flirtation with another man, who turns out to be a gigolo. After it appears that she shot him when he attempted to blackmail her, another woman is charged with the crime. I found it hard to watch all of this, but you have to give these old films a chance or you be tempted to stop watching. Never been a fan of the stuffy Powell, but there is a family scene where they're all on the floor doing excercises. Quite a break to see the stars being more real. There is extortion from her affair and Loy sees a gun to use on her new found admirer. But someone else gets the blame for a death. Loy, believing she did the killing, persuades Powell to take up the defense of the girl which he does. The stress on Loy, especially culminating in the courtroom, forces new revelations about the crime. There, you have most of the plot but not the finale. The last 20 minutes full of courtroom drama with a suprise ending. Writes one viewer: "The acting helps what has now become a familiar story. Myrna Loy is absolutely gorgeous and sympathetic as a lonely wife resisting the attentions of another man; and you know that Powell, despite his philandering, cares for her deeply. Una Merkel is delightful as Evelyn's friend." NOTES about the film: 1 * Rosalind Russell in her film debut. 2 The third of fourteen films pairing William Powell and Myrna Loy. 3 Mrs. Blake: Does your husband beat you? Evelyn Prentice: No, I wish he did. He'd have to be home to do it. :)) Cast 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 Directed by William K. Howard Produced by John W. Considine, Jr. Written by W. E. Woodward (novel) Lenore J. Coffee-Howard Emmett Rogers (uncredited adaptation) Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Release date(s) November 9, 1934 Running time 78-80 minutes

monsieur rick
monsieur rick

Very episodic and overwrought drama with Myrna succumbing to the overacting bug at times and Powell rather stiff. The best performances come from the supporting players, Isabel Jewell as a wronged woman and especially Una Merkel who single handedly saves this from total soap opera with her terrific wisecracking. Rosalind Russell made her film debut here but is wasted as a devious society harlot. The ending is too precious for words.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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Powell and Loy deserve a better movie than this. This drama is predictable and at times boring. I've never been bored by these actors before seeing this movie.

Aj V
Aj V

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