Romantic Comedy Blogathon is hosted by Backlots and Carole & Co. from May 1st through May 4th, 2014.
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I’ve always enjoyed screwball comedies that blend romance and comedy, and the
zanier, the better, especially
when there’s mystery in the mix! Case in
point: Columbia Pictures’comedy-mystery
There’s Always A
All the filmmakers had to say to make me
love this movie were
- Joan Blondell (Nightmare Alley; Three on a Match
- Two-time Oscar-winner Melvyn Douglas (Hud; Being There; Ninotchka).
(Fun Fact: Douglas was also the grandfather of actress Illeana Douglas (Dummy; Martin Scorsese’s remake of Cape Fear.
- Mary Astor, Best Supporting Actress Oscar-winner for
The Great Lie; The Palm Beach Story).
Based on a story from American Magazine
and directed by Alexander Hall
(My Sister Eileen; The Great Lover)
William Perlberg (Miracle on 34th Street; The Song of Bernadette), There’s Always a Woman
is kind of like the
wiseacre kid brother who’s really swell beneath it all. The cast includes
Frances Drake of Mad Love;
Thurston Hall (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Lady on a Train).
|Sally helps Bill to root, root, root for the home team!|
|Wow! Two Reardons for the price of one! |
What a scoop! Eat your heart out, Miss Marple!
|Lola Fraser wears widows' weeds well!|
|Big owie! That's what you get for hogging Sally's credit, Bill, you bad boy!|
|Bill and Sally get soused soused while looking |
for clues at the Skyline Club!
Sally: "Why didn't you pick me up?"
Bill: "I did it before, and look what happened."
|What does detective Bill Reardon have that |
William Powell doesn't have, besides Myrna Loy?
Clients, that's what!
New York City private detective Bill Reardon (Douglas) went into
business for himself, but perhaps more successful detectives like
The Thin Man's Nick Charles spoiled the broth
in the Big Apple for Bill’s agency, no doubt snapping up the pricey clients that
were just out of Bill’s reach. Luckily, Bill’s former boss, the D.A. himself
(Hall) is glad to have Bill back. But Sally (Blondell), Bill’s wife and
assistant, thinks she could cook up a clientele, being as loving as she is sassy
and determined; what a gal! Before Sally can start closing up shop for good, in
comes Lola Fraser (Astor), a rich society matron who wants to find out if Lola’s
husband is stepping out with lovely young Anne Calhoun (Frances Drake from
Mad Love; It’s A Wonderful World).
Sally puts The Reardon Detective Agency under new management! Then Lola’s
hubby get bumped off, and suspects galore pop up, like shifty nightclub
owner/gambler Nick Shane (Jerome Cowan from The Maltese Falcon; Miracle on 34th Street; quite a few
familiar faces here!).
|"I see it all now! You and the upstairs maid. Do the old boy in, you said.|
Elderberry wine and old lace, you said! Then, the clean getaway,
but you weren't smart enough, John, alias Johnny, alias Jack, alias Jackie!"
|Joan Blondell's third degree didn't go as well|
as the police would have hoped...
Lorraine LoBianco reports There’s Always a Woman set was a family
affair, with ex-sister-in-law Connie, who’d just divorced Blondell’s brother, and then her sister Gloria Blondell a contract! No wonder Joan was happy to be at Columbia, except for just one little thing: for some reason, Warner
Bros. (where she’d worked at the time) didn’t want Blondell to wear her hair in
her signature curly ringlets hair. Luckily, director Alexander Hall gallantly made sure
he had brunettes and redheads among the actors so that Blondell would attract
There’s Always A Woman also had a 1939 sequel with Douglas, There’s That Woman Again. This time, Virginia Bruce played Sally Reardon..
Also, don’t blink or you’ll miss:
• A young Rita Hayworth in a brief role as a secretary!
• Whitey of the Dead End Kids, a.k.a. The Bowery Boys!
|Sally knows a detective must keep track of their partners|
I bet they need more toilet paper, too!
|*KLONG!* Big owie! That'll teach Bill to hog all of Sally's credit!|
|Those kooky lovebirds solve the case, though they'll need hairbrushes afterward!|