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Friday, April 3, 2015

The Case Of The Lucky Legs (1935)

Starring Warren William, Genevieve Tobin, Patricia Ellis, Lyle Talbot, Allen Jenkins
Directed by Archie L. Mayo
(actor & director credits courtesy

Famed attorney Perry Mason is hired to track down the winner of a contest for the prettiest legs, who's disappeared after being cheated out of her prize money.

In this adaptation of Erle Stanley Gardner's novel, we find the story re-worked into a witty comedy vehicle for William as Mason, although Tobin as Mason's secretary Della Street has most of the best lines.  Mayo keeps things moving at a breakneck speed, not giving us time to try to figure out the mystery on our own, but it doesn't matter- this is fine entertainment with good character actors in the cast and lots of chuckles along the way.

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