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Rare classic movies on DVD! Our DVD-Rs are region-free, studio titles are Region 1.

Crime Without Passion (1934) DVD-R

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Starring Claude Rains, Margo, Whitney Bourne, Stanley Ridges, Leslie

Adams

Directed by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur



Print: black/white

Runtime: 70 min.

Genre: drama

Print Quality: B



Crime Without Passion is an odd, almost existential murder yarn. Famed

attorney Claude Rains, incensed that his mistress (Margo) has been

seeing other men, kills the girl—or at least thinks he does. Rains believes

he is "above" such irritations as conscience and morality, and calmly

arranges to cover his crime, using his knowledge of the law to escape

detection. But Rains cannot truly escape from himself, and is cajoled by a

surprising turn of events to break down and confess. Crime without

Passion was ostensibly directed by Ben Hecht, who cowrote the

screenplay with his longtime partner Charles McArthur, but most of the

actual direction was the responsibility of cameraman Lee Garmes. Watch

for cameo appearances by Fanny Brice, by MacArthur's wife Helen Hayes,

and by Hecht and MacArthur themselves.

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Starring Claude Rains, Margo, Whitney Bourne, Stanley Ridges, Leslie
Adams
Directed by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur

Print: black/white
Runtime: 70 min.
Genre: drama
Print Quality: B

Crime Without Passion is an odd, almost existential murder yarn. Famed
attorney Claude Rains, incensed that his mistress (Margo) has been
seeing other men, kills the girl—or at least thinks he does. Rains believes
he is "above" such irritations as conscience and morality, and calmly
arranges to cover his crime, using his knowledge of the law to escape
detection. But Rains cannot truly escape from himself, and is cajoled by a
surprising turn of events to break down and confess. Crime without
Passion was ostensibly directed by Ben Hecht, who cowrote the
screenplay with his longtime partner Charles McArthur, but most of the
actual direction was the responsibility of cameraman Lee Garmes. Watch
for cameo appearances by Fanny Brice, by MacArthur's wife Helen Hayes,
and by Hecht and MacArthur themselves.

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