Review: ‘The Ex-Mrs. Bradford’

Another sprightly entry for the school of smart comedy, detective mystery yarns, The Ex-Mrs Bradford has a neat combo of names - William Powell and Jean Arthur - backed up by excellent support.

Another sprightly entry for the school of smart comedy, detective mystery yarns, The Ex-Mrs Bradford has a neat combo of names – William Powell and Jean Arthur – backed up by excellent support.

Comparison with The Thin Man is natural. But the film is much better than a copy.

Teaming of Powell and Arthur, as doctor and divorced wife, is a happy one. Story [by James Edward Grant] brings the wife right back to the doorstep of the busy physician, where she ‘moves in’ and resumes where she left off annoying him with her interest in writing detective stories.

While the romance between the pair is slowly revived, the whole affair is treated with smart flippancy. Much the same attitude is taken towards the doctor’s tumbling efforts to solve a series of killings that has the police baffled, until they attempt to pin them on him. Here, his wife’s sharp wit and impertinence help.

The Ex-Mrs. Bradford

Production

RKO. Director Stephen Roberts; Screenplay Anthony Veiller; Camera J. Roy Hunt; Editor Arthur Roberts; Music Roy Webb (dir.)

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1936. Running time: 80 MIN.

With

William Powell Jean Arthur James Gleason Eric Blore Robert Armstrong
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