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5.0 out of 5 stars "Ex-Mrs Bradford (1936) ... William Powell & Jean Arthur ... Stephen Roberts (Director) (2010)", 13 Sep 2011
J. Lovins "Mr. Jim" (Missouri-USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Ex-Mrs. Bradford [DVD] [1936] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Warner Bros. Pictures presents "EX-MRS BRADFORD" (1936) (82 min/B&W) -- Starring: William Powell, Jean Arthur, James Gleason, Eric Blore & Robert Armstrong

Directed by Stephen Roberts

Relations between Dr. 'Brad' Bradford (William Powell) and ex-wife Paula (Jean Arthur) are surprisingly romantic. They divorced because Brad hated being dragged into murder mysteries, to which mystery writer Paula is addicted. But through horse trainer Mike North, Brad is embroiled in the case of a jockey who died of "heart failure" during a race. As they pursue clues, Paula pursues Brad for remarriage, and assorted hoods pursue the Bradfords

William Powell recreates, for RKO, his Nick Charles character, now as Dr. Bradford, M.D. and Jean Arthur substitutes as Nora. How did it work? very well! This film works because Powell and Arthur have terrific chemistry, and a crackerjack good comic-mystery script. The mystery is clever, and the humor urbane and lighthearted.

Both actors loved the script and working together. They had worked together in two 1929 Paramount films, The Canary Murder Case and The Greene Murder Case, both in the Philo Vance series.

1. Stephen Roberts (Director)
Date of Birth: 23 November 1895 - Summersville, West Virginia
Date of Death: 17 July 1936 - Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California

2. William Powell
Date of Birth: 29 July 1892 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Date of Death: 5 March 1984 - Palm Springs, California

3. Jean Arthur [aka: Gladys Georgianna Greene]
Date of Birth: 17 October 1900 - Plattsburgh, New York
Date of Death: 19 June 1991 - Carmel, California

4. James Gleason
Date of Birth: 23 May 1882 - New York City, New York
Date of Death: 12 April 1959 - Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 5 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 5 Stars
Overall: 5 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Love this film, and if you enjoyed this check out One Way Passage [DVD] [1941] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Total Time: 82 min on DVD ~ RKO Radio Pictures ~ (November 10, 2010)
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