Sweethearts and Wives (1930)

Genres - Comedy, Crime  |   Run Time - 77 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Other Men's Wives, a play by Walter Hackett, was the source for this early-talkie comedy-melodrama. The scene is a sinister French Inn, where a woman is murdered and a valuable necklace is stolen. Among the predatory types searching for the missing gems is philandering noblewoman Angela Worthington (Leila Hyams), who trades identities with a pretty maidservant (Billie Dove) to gain access to the dead woman's boudoir. Taking advantage of her new aristocratic status, the long-suffering maid gives Angela the scathing treatment she deserves -- but there are unforeseen consequences to this masquerade for both women. Almost as much a surprise as the casting of Leila Hyams as a villainess is the good-guy portrayal by veteran screen heavy Sidney Blackmer.

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opal, robbery, jewel-robbery, killing, murder, search