Evelyn Prentice - 1934
Evelyn Prentice - Released Nov 9, 1934. Directed William K. Howard
John Prentice (William Powell) is a successful lawyer with a busy schedule that rarely allows him to be at home where his wife Evelyn (Myrna Loy) is usually patiently waiting for him to attend various social functions and even simple events like a family dinner. When it appears through circumstantial evidence that on a week-long business trip to New York City that John Prentice has been romantically involved with a female client, Evelyn unhappily responds to the invitations from a young man (who claims to be a poet, among other things) which begins a brief friendship that soon slips into blackmail and murder.
Powell and Loy are usually seen as a prime comedic pair from the golden age of screwball comedies, but they also made a few melodramas together, and Evelyn Prentice might be the best of them. A great backing cast with Una Merkel, Rosalind Russell, and Isabel Jewell helps to spread the tale across more than just the dysfunction of the marriage between the Prentice's, but also a small insight into how court cases are developed, and the trust (or lack of it) between attorney and client contributes to how a case is presented before a judge.
Loy and Powell do have a few moments that are jovial, despite the heaviness of the story, and their playfulness is of the sort that shows up in their Thin Man movies, and comedies like Libeled Lady and I Love You Again.
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