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A Slight Case of Murder Details


Slight Case of Murder is a breakneck-paced comedy starring Edward G. Robinson as a tough but good-hearted bootlegger. When Prohibition is repealed, Robinson faces a financial crisis: His beer tastes so awful that no one wants to drink it legally. As an additional headache, Robinson is under scrutiny from the Law, which is waiting to slip the cuffs on him for the slightest infraction. He arrives at his rented Saratoga mansion with his wife (Ruth Donnelly), daughter (Jane Bryan) and adopted son (Bobby Jordan), only to discover that a killer has left four corpses in his bedroom. Robinson and his stooges are forced to hide the bodies before his future son-in-law (Willard Parker), who happens to be a cop, tumbles to the dilemma. Based on a stage play by Howard Lindsay and Damon Runyon, A Slight Case of Murder a just as entertaining in the 1990s as it was fifty years ago (please ignore a tepid 1953 musical remake titled Damon Runyon). Surprisingly, this film was not a favorite of star Edward G. Robinson, who felt that director Lloyd Bacon rushed through the material without taking full advantage of its comic potential. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:February 26, 1938


Edward G. Robinson
as Remy Marco
Allen Jenkins
as Mike
Ruth Donnelly
as Nora Marco
Willard Parker
as Dick Whitewood
John Litel
as Post
Edward S. Brophy
as Lefty
Harold Huber
as Guiseppe
Paul Harvey
as Mr. Whitewood
Bobby Jordan
as Douglas Fairbanks Rosenbloom
Joe Downing
as Innocence
Margaret Hamilton
as Mrs. Cagie
George E. Stone
as Ex-Jockey Kirk
Bert Hanlon
as Sad Sam
Harry Seymour
as The Singer
Betty Compson
as Loretta
George Lloyd
as Little Dutch
Duke York
as Champ
Harry Tenbrook
as A Stranger
Harry Cody
as Pessimistic Patron
Wade Boteler
as 3rd Policeman
Myrtle Stedman
as Nurse
Bert Roach
as Speakeasy Proprietor
Carole Landis
Ben Hendricks, Jr.
as 1st Policeman
John Hiestand
as Radio Commentator
Ralph Dunn
as 2nd Policeman


Lloyd Bacon
Sam Bischoff
Hal B. Wallis
Joseph Schrank
Howard Lindsay
Howard Lindsay
Play Author
Sidney Hickox
Jack Scholl
Composer (Music Score)
Jack Scholl
Leo F. Forbstein
Musical Direction/Supervision
James Gibbon
Max Parker
Art Director