A Slight Case of Murder (1938) | Mechanics' Institute

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A Slight Case of Murder (1938)
January 2020 - Speakeasy! Prohibition at 100

Directed by Lloyd Bacon | Edward G. Robinson, Jane Bryan

What’s a bootlegger to do when the Volstead Act is repealed? Sell a legal beer, that’s what. Edward G. Robinson is Remy Marco, an ex-gangster so tough nobody has the nerve to tell him the beer he’s brewing (which he’s never tasted) is awful. He’s got a wife to appease, a daughter to educate, bankers foreclosing on his mansion and four dead gangsters, courtesy of a rival gang who holed up in his house. Robinson has a lot of fun lampooning his old tough guy roles in this satisfying comedy.

 

Images with permission of Waner Bros.

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