Journal of a Crime (1934)

Genres - Crime, Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Drama  |   Release Date - May 31, 1934 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 64 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Hans J. Wollstein

Ruth Chatterton actually gets away with killing the coldhearted Claire Dodd in this otherwise rather tiresome melodrama, which was released a couple of months before the re-empowered Production Code Organization made such extravagances impossible. Already old-fashioned in theme in 1934, Journal of a Crime is mostly for devotees of the much suffering Miss Chatterton, who does her usual competent job. The real star of the drama, however, is long-forgotten Hollywood character actor Noel Madison, who somehow manages to make his honorable murderer believable.