A Slight Case of Murder (1938) - Rotten Tomatoes

A Slight Case of Murder1938

A Slight Case of Murder (1938)




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This comedy stars Edward G. Robinson as a tough but good-hearted bootlegger. When Prohibition is repealed, Robinson faces a financial crisis: his beer tastes so awful that no one wants to drink it legally. As an additional headache, Robinson is under scrutiny from the Law.

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Jane Bryan
as Mary Marco
Ruth Donnelly
as Nora Marco
Willard Parker
as Dick Whitewood
Harold Huber
as Giuseppe
Paul Harvey
as Mr. Whitewood
Bobby Jordan
as Douglas Fairbanks Rosenbloom
Joe Downing
as Innocence
Joseph Downing
as Innocence
George E. Stone
as Ex-Jockey Kirk
Bert Hanlon
as Sad Sam
Jean Benedict
as Remy's Secretary
Harry Seymour
as The Singer
Joe Caits
as No Nose Cohen
George Lloyd
as Little Butch
John Harmon
as Blackhead Gallagher
Harry Tenbrook
as A Stranger
Duke York
as Champ
Pat Daly
as Champ's Manager
John Hiestand
as Radio Commentator
Bert Roach
as Speakeasy Proprietor
Harry Cody
as Pessimistic Patron
Ben Hendricks Jr.
as 1st Policeman
Ralph Dunn
as 2nd Policeman
Wade Boteler
as 3rd Policeman
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Critic Reviews for A Slight Case of Murder

All Critics (5)

The whole affair, which easily might have been rather gruesome, is gotten off with just the right light-comedy air.

October 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Author [Damon] Runyon is at his best in A Slight Case of Murder.

August 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Outdated mildly amusing black comedy that spoofs the gangster film.

September 16, 2008 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

It works as a parody of old gangster movies; it works as a screwball comedy of the era; and it remains as funny today as when it was made.

July 5, 2006 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Slight Case of Murder

A Slight Case of Murder is a comedic take on the gangster movie. Edward G. Robinson plays a bootlegger who's forced to go legit once prohibition ends and has trouble keeping his business going on the up and up. He's also got a ton of problems that all come to a head the weekend his daughter introduces her copper fiance to her gangster dad and 4 stiffs end up in the spare room upstairs at his weekend house. A Slight Case of Murder has a few amusing and funny moments but those parts aside the movie's just okay. The dialogue's kind of fun even if the story's just so so. Probably a must for fans of Edward G. but beyond that no big deal.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

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