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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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Cast

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
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
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

All Critics (2)

A major misstep for all involved.

August 20, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

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

October 1, 2006 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Evelyn Prentice

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

Super Reviewer

½

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

Super Reviewer

½

Powell plays a negligent workaholic attorney who drives his wife Loy into the arms of a parasitic gigolo, who incidentally winds up dead. Although without just about any comic traces, Evelyn Prentice is good for what it is--a somewhat hammy 30s melodrama with a hint of suspense. Definitely not the Thin Man but nothing to complain (too much) about either. As always Powell and Loy are great together.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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