Wives Under Suspicion

  • 1938
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

William is a dedicated district attorney, immersed in his work, convinced that those who kill--no matter what the circumstances--should be executed. He employs the very latest scientific techniques, including sound recording apparatus, to covertly obtain confessions from those he prosecutes. During the course of one of his cases (involving Morgan, a professor...read more

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William is a dedicated district attorney, immersed in his work, convinced that those who kill--no matter what the circumstances--should be executed. He employs the very latest scientific techniques, including sound recording apparatus, to covertly obtain confessions from those he

prosecutes. During the course of one of his cases (involving Morgan, a professor who, in a paroxysm of jealousy, murdered his wife) William experiences a sense of foreboding. In his rare moments at home with his neglected wife, Patrick, deja vu occurs; William has heard his own life, and

Patrick's, recounted in the courtroom. Lundigan is the young man on whom the lonely Patrick has riveted her attention. William's own home life closely matches that of the prosecuted professor, as does his enraged reaction to Patrick's apparent betrayal. The realization of his own culpability

brings compassion to him; he appreciates Morgan's temporary derangement and re-orients his prosecution, no longer seeking a first-degree murder charge. Director Whale, best known for FRANKENSTEIN (1931), here remade his earlier THE KISS BEFORE THE MIRROR (1933).

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