Ex-Mrs. Bradford

Ex-Mrs. Bradford

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Director: Stephen R. Roberts

Cast: Stephen R. Roberts, William Powell, Jean Arthur, James Gleason

     
 

The "ex" of the title is daffy mystery-writer Jean Arthur, former wife of urbane doctor William Powell. When Powell becomes the prime suspect in a murder case, Arthur endeavors to solve the case herself -- and to reclaim her ex-hubby in the process. After a well-directed semiclimax at a race track, the killer is revealed during one of those expository scenes in which… See more details below

Overview

The "ex" of the title is daffy mystery-writer Jean Arthur, former wife of urbane doctor William Powell. When Powell becomes the prime suspect in a murder case, Arthur endeavors to solve the case herself -- and to reclaim her ex-hubby in the process. After a well-directed semiclimax at a race track, the killer is revealed during one of those expository scenes in which all the suspects are gathered together in one room. The murderer attempts to escape, and Powell is knocked cold in the process. When he awakens, he discovers that Arthur has set up some projection equipment, and is running a film of a minister reciting the wedding vows. Curses! Trapped again! Like William Powell's previous RKO effort Star of Midnight, The Ex-Mrs. Bradford was an attempt to cash in on the popularity of Powell's Thin Man films.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although in mystery films William Powell never had as fine a love interest as when he was paired with Myrna Loy, that doesn't mean his non-Loy pairings are without interest, as The Ex-Mrs. Bradford indicates. While it would have been interesting to see the multi-talented Loy take on the title role, it's hard to imagine anyone doing it better than the unique and lovely Jean Arthur. Arthur brings her special charm to the part, playing a dizzy blonde that of course really isn't so dizzy and winning hearts in the process as usual. She and Powell work quite well together; the chemistry is of a different sort than the Powell-Loy pairings, lacking some of the sexual undertones, but it still is definitely chemistry and definitely potent. As for Powell, he flies through the part with that singular ease of his, tossing off a line with an effortlessness that belies the skill involved. And it's a good thing that both the stars are in such fine form, for it must be said that the screenplay for Bradford, while more than acceptable, is less than sterling. The same can be said for Stephen R. Roberts' direction. Fortunately, the stars and such stalwart supporting players as Eric Blore (whose part is practically as large as Powell's and Arthur's) and James Gleason more than make up for Bradford's shortcomings.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/10/2010
UPC:
0883316261927
Original Release:
1936
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:20:00
Sales rank:
14,583

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Powell Dr. Lawrence Bradford
Jean Arthur Paula Bradford
James Gleason Inspector Corrigan
Eric Blore Stokes
Donald Smith Nick Martel
Lila Lee Miss Prentiss
Grant Mitchell Mr. Summers
Erin O'Brien-Moore Mrs. Summers
Johnny Arthur Frankenstein, Process Server
Stanley Blystone Police Radio Operator
Spencer Charters Coroner
John Dilson Analyst
James Donlan Cabby
Dorothy Granger Receptionist
Sam Hayes Race Announcer
Rollo Lloyd Landlord
Charles McMurphy Cop
Edward McWade Minister on Film
Sid Saylor Detective
Ralph Morgan Mr. Hutchins
Frankie Darro Salisbury
Paul Fix Lou Pender
Frank Reicher Henry Strand
Charles Richman Turf Club President
John Sheehan Bert Murphy
Frank M. Thomas Mike North
Lucille Gleason Mrs. Hutchins

Technical Credits
Stephen R. Roberts Director
John L. Cass Sound/Sound Designer
Perry Ferguson Art Director
James Edward Grant Original Story
Roy Hunt Cinematographer
Edward Kaufman Associate Producer
Bernard Newman Costumes/Costume Designer
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
Arthur Roberts Editor
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Anthony Veiller Screenwriter
Roy Webb Musical Direction/Supervision

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