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A Slight Case of Murder

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A Slight Case of Murder
A Slight Case of Murder movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLloyd Bacon
Written byEarl Baldwin
Joseph Schrank
Based onA Slight Case of Murder
1935 play
by Damon Runyon and Howard Lindsay
Produced bySamuel Bischoff
StarringEdward G. Robinson
Jane Bryan
Allen Jenkins
Ruth Donnelly
CinematographySidney Hickox
Edited byJames Gibbon
Music byHeinz Roemheld (uncredited)
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
February 26, 1938
Running time
85 minutes

A Slight Case of Murder is a 1938 American comedy film directed by Lloyd Bacon. The film is based on the 1935 play by Damon Runyon and Howard Lindsay. The offbeat comedy stars Edward G. Robinson spoofing his own gangster image as Remy Marco.


With the end of Prohibition, bootlegger Remy Marco ("Marko" in a sequence of the film) becomes a legitimate brewer; but he slowly goes broke because the beer he makes tastes terrible, and everyone is afraid to tell him so. After four years, with bank officers preparing to foreclose on the brewery, he retreats to his Saratoga summer home, only to find four dead mobsters who meant to ambush him, but were killed by their confederate whom they meant to betray. More and more problems begin to pop up in the life of the former bootlegger, as he has taken in a bratty orphan, and his daughter comes home with a fiancé that turns out to be a state cop.


Actor Role
Edward G. Robinson Remy Marco
Jane Bryan Mary Marco
Allen Jenkins Mike
Ruth Donnelly Nora Marco
Willard Parker Dick Whitewood
John Litel Mr. Post, banker
Edward Brophy Lefty
Harold Huber Giuseppe 'Gip' ("Guiseppe" in the film credits)
Eric Stanley Mr. Ritter, banker
Paul Harvey Mr. Whitewood
Margaret Hamilton Mrs. Cagle
Bobby Jordan Douglas Fairbanks Rosenbloom

Critical response

The movie continues to receive positive reviews. A Classic Film Guide review calls it "a satisfying comedy, which is enhanced by some great character work by veteran supporting players": Allen Jenkins, Edward Brophy, and Harold Huber as members of Remy's former gang gone legitimate; Margaret Hamilton as Mrs. Cagie, director of the orphanage where Marco grew up; and Paul Harvey as Marco's daughter's prospective father-in-law.[1]


The story was remade as Stop, You're Killing Me (1952) with Broderick Crawford and Claire Trevor.

On April 8, 1945, Old Gold Comedy Theatre presented an adaptation of the film on NBC radio. The 30-minute program starred Edward G. Robinson and Allen Jenkins.[2] On January 24, 1954, it was presented on NBC Star Playhouse starring Edward G. Robinson.

Although not an adaptation, Sylvester Stallone's movie Oscar (1991) bears a resemblance to the plot (minus the corpses), and all three movies can trace their ancestry to Molière's The Bourgeoise Gentleman.

See also


  1. ^ "Classic Film Guide". May 16, 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-05-16.
  2. ^ "Those Were the Days". Nostalgia Digest. Vol. 43 no. 4. Autumn 2017. p. 33.

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