The Bishop Misbehaves (1935)

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On a walking tour of English cathedrals, Donald Meadows meets Hester Granthem in church. Hearing he is from that hot-bed of crime, Chicago, Hester asks Donald to help her in a robbery she ... See full summary »


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18 May 2019 | boblipton
| If You're From Chicago, You Must Know Capone
Maureen O'Sullivan recruits Norman Foster to rob Reginald Owens. Owens had cheated her father out of a patent and now they are facing ruin; since Foster is from Chicago, obviously he is a gangster (he isn't). After assembling a gang -- including an improbably cast Robert Greig as a Cockney spiv who does needlepoint -- they carry out a well-planned heist. At this point, Edmund Gwenn and Lucille Watson enter as a bishop and his sister. They are mad for mystery books and take great delight in inserting themselves into what they see as an adventure.

E.A. DuPont's second American movie is a lively mystery from a stage play by Frederick J. Jackson, full of Hollywood's English colony acting against type (except for Gwenn's woolly-minded geniality), with more than a slight touch of screwball in it. Although it subsides into slightly more somber tones in the final third, it roars along at a great pace and shows that MGM's gloss could be well applied to lighter subjects without overwhelming them.

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