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Crime Without Passion is an odd, almost existential murder yarn. Famed attorney Claude Rains, incensed that his mistress (Margo) has been seeing other men, kills the girl--or at least thinks he does. Rains believes he is "above" such irritations as conscience and morality, and calmly arranges to cover his crime, using his knowledge of the law to escape detection. But Rains cannot truly escape from himself, and is cajoled by a surprising turn of events to break down and confess. Crime without Passion was ostensibly directed by Ben Hecht, who cowrote the screenplay with his longtime partner Charles McArthur, but most of the actual direction was the responsibility of cameraman Lee Garmes. Watch for cameo appearances by Fanny Brice, by MacArthur's wife Helen Hayes, and by Hecht and MacArthur themselves. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Claude Rains
as Lee Gentry
Margo
as Carmen Brown
Stanley Ridges
as Eddie White
Paula Trueman
as Buster Malloy
Esther Dale
as Miss Keeley
Leslie Adams
as O'Brien
Greta Granstedt
as Della
Fuller Mellish
as Judge
Ben Hecht
as Reporter
Helen Hayes
as Woman in Hotel Lobby
Marjorie Main
as Woman
Charles MacArthur
as Reporter
Fanny Brice
as Woman Seated in Lobby

Crew

Ben Hecht
Director
Charles MacArthur
Director
Charles MacArthur
Producer
Ben Hecht
Producer
Ben Hecht
Screenwriter
Charles MacArthur
Screenwriter
Lee Garmes
Cinematographer
Slavko Vorkapich
Special Effects
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