She Asked for It (1937)

Genres - Comedy, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This "Thin Man" derivation stars William Gargan and Orien Heyward as Dwight and Penelope Stanford. A mystery writer, Dwight enjoys impersonating his fictional hero and solving mysteries on his own. Much to the discomfort of the cops, Dwight insists upon tackling the baffling murder of old man Stettin (Tully Marshall). Then, much to the discomfort of Dwight, Penelope demands to tag along and offer her own theories. Thus when Penelope finds herself in dire peril, the film's title can be offered as explanation. It's odd that the police are baffled in She Asked for It; anyone in the audience could have told them whodunit from the third reel onward.

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book, detective, investigation, private-detective, wife, writing