“That mirror showed me the whole lie of my existence. I realized what a pitiful fool I was — she didn’t love me at all!”
While defending a man (Paul Lukas) who has just killed his adulterous wife (Gloria Stuart), a lawyer (Frank Morgan) begins to suspect his own wife (Nancy Carroll) of infidelity.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Courtroom Drama
- James Whale Films
- Paul Lukas Films
- Play Adaptations
While director James Whale is primarily known for the stylish horror movies (Bride of Frankenstein, The Old Dark House) he made for Universal Studios in the early ’30s, this film is generally considered to be one of his finest non-horror entries. The story starts out rather slowly, but picks up speed and interest once Morgan comes on the scene. The parallels between Morgan’s marriage and that of his defendant (an annoyingly overwrought Paul Lukas) are too convenient, but make for a nifty psychological thriller, as we wonder just how far Morgan’s jealousy will take him.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Frank Morgan as the jealous lawyer
- Nancy Carroll as Morgan’s wife
- Karl Freund’s cinematography
- William Anthony McGuire’s taut script
Yes, simply to see one of James Whale’s non-horror films. But I also highly recommend Whale’s earlier Waterloo Bridge (1931), which isn’t listed in Peary’s book.