A Slight Case Of Murder

Remy, former bootlegger.

A Slight Case Of Murder

(1938)

Directed by Lloyd Bacon
Starring Edward G. Robinson, Jane Bryan, Allen Jenkins, Ruth Donnelly, Willard Parker

Rating: ******
              6/6

Edward G. Robinson
Plays a gangster at the end of the Prohibition.
While previously he sold Moonshine,
Now he’s decided to change with the times.
He prepares a bit, then he goes legit,
And gets a factory, office, and the whole bit.

A patron tries the beer.

He orders his men to lose their heaters,
Which he calls “persuaders”, which makes them cheaters,
For his special brews had been so vile,
The speakeasies would only stock this bile
If the alternative was death.
(Thus, it was often safe from theft.)

The gangster, Remy, doesn’t drink.
That leaves him free to sit and think,
And his men are a little too polite
To tell him that his product bites.
Spurred on by his success when alcohol was illegal,
He uses the same recipe now that he’s legal.

Remy’s wife.

This in turn causes every bar
To refuse to order anymore.
This causes the bank to come and vent
And ask for his loan’s repayment.

Business is bad, but Remy’s smart.
He stalls, delays, and plays the part
Of a rich businessman whose fortunes are locked
…Which is good as his daughter is marrying a cop.
The young man is unaware of Remy’s past,
And Remy wants his ignorance to last.

Remy’s daughter.

The plot becomes more complex, of course,
And swiftly serves you the second course,
Which includes gangsters, bodies and bankers,
As well as the grateful pleasers and thankers.
Things get more absurd and tricky for Remy,
But he figures his problems till there aren’t very many.

You’ll have to see it to get my drift,
To appreciate the tonal shift.
If you don’t get the chance, though, that’s okay,
Because I’ll give you my verdict anyway.
This film gets a six out of six from me.
It’s a perfect movie starring Edward G.

Remy invites an orphan over.

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