Granny Get Your Gun (1940)

Genres - Crime, Mystery  |   Run Time - 56 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Though one would never know it, the bucolic comedy-mystery Granny Get Your Gun was based on one of Erle Stanley Gardner's "Perry Mason" novels! In place of lawyer-sleuth Mason, the audience is offered one Minerva "Granny" Hatton (May Robson), sharp-shootin' matriarch of Gold City, Nevada. When her granddaugther Julie (Margot Stevenson) is sued for divorce on the grounds of a trumped-up "chronic gambling" charge, Granny decides to investigate. Before the film's 55 minutes have expended themselves, Granny finds herself confessing to a murder apparently committed by Julie-and then piecing together the clues to ascertain the real killer's identity. Earl Stanley Gardner claimed to have wept openly when he saw what Granny Get Your Gun had done to his original Perry Mason yarn; some viewers may be inclined to do the same.

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bad-guy, city, estrangement, ex-husband, false-accusation, good-guy, granddaughter, grandmother, husband, investigation, killing, murder, name-clearing, suspect, weapons