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Slightly Honorable (1940)

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The successful producer-director combination of Walter Wanger and Tay Garnett served up another winner with Slightly Honorable. Adapted from F. G. Presnell's novel Send Another Coffin, the story concerns the efforts made by corrupt politician Cushing (Edward Arnold) to frame honest attorney John Webb (Pat O'Brien) for the murder of Alma Brehmer (Claire Dodd). In concert with his diligent and apparently slow-witted assistant Rus Sampson (Broderick Crawford), Webb hopes to squelch Cushing's plan by locating the real murderer-who turns out to be a lot closer to Webb than he'd ever imagined. Ruth Terry has one of her best screen roles as a birdbrained nightclub hoofer who helps Webb clear himself. Like many Walter Wanger productions of the period, Slightly Honorable is currently available on the public-domain video market.

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Cast

Pat O'Brien
as John Webb
Edward Arnold
as Vincent Cushing
Broderick Crawford
as Russell Sampson
Ruth Terry
as Ann Seymour
Bernard Nedell
as Pete Catina
Alan Dinehart
as District Attorney Joyce
Claire Dodd
as Alma Brehmer
Douglas Dumbrille
as George Taylor
John Sheehan
as Mike Deley
Addison Richards
as Inspector Melvyn Fromm
Cliff Clark
as Capt. Graves
Eve Arden
as Miss Alter
Phyllis Brooks
as Serilla Cushing
Ernest Truex
as P. Hemingway Collins
Douglas Fowley
as Charles Madder
Janet Beecher
as Mrs. Cushing
Evelyn Keyes
as Miss Vlissenger
Willie Best
as Art, the Elevator Operator
Eddy Chandler
as O'Leary, the Cop
Bud Jamison
as Humboldt, the Cop
Frank Dae
as President of Senate
Tay Garnett
as Reporter
John Deering
as Radio Announcer
Dale Armstrong
as Radio Announcer
Art Baker
as Radio Announcer
Howard Hickman
as Sen. Sam Scott
Marjorie "Babe" Kane
as Switchboard Operator
Jack Greene
as Detective
Dick Rush
as Detective
Victor Potel
as Proprietor
Zack Williams
as Black Preacher
Max Rose
as Fingerprint Expert
Jack Wynn
as Surveyor
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A zany mystery/comedy featuring Pat O'Brien and Broderick Crawford ...

April 8, 2002 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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