Case of the Curious Bride, The (1935): Warren Willliam as Perry Mason; Errol Flynn’s Hollywood Debut

The Case of the Curious Bride is the second mystery film in a series of four features starring Warren William as Perry Mason, after The Case of the Howling Dog.

The script was based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Erle Stanley Gardner, one of the most popular of all Perry Mason novels.

The movie marked Errol Flynn’s first Hollywood feature, in which he appears twice, as a corpse and in a flashback towards the end.

Rhoda Montaine learns that first husband Gregory Moxley is still alive, which is awkward as se has remarried Carl, son of wealthy C. Phillip Montaine.

She turns to Perry Mason for help, but when he goes to see Moxley, he finds only his corpse (played by Errol Flynn). Rhoda is then arrested for murder.

Flynn, described as an “Irish leading man of the London stage” was signed in February of 1935.

Alan Crosland was originally announced as director, but the job eventually went to Michael Curtiz, who would become one of Flynn’s most frequent collaborators.

Warren William as Perry Mason
Margaret Lindsay as Rhoda Montaine
Donald Woods as Carl Montaine
Claire Dodd as Della Street, Mason’s secretary
Allen Jenkins as Spudsy Drake, Mason’s assistant
Phillip Reed as Dr. Claude Millbeck
Barton MacLane as Chief Detective Joe Lucas
Wini Shaw as Doris Pender
Warren Hymer as Oscar Pender
Olin Howland as Coroner Wilbur Strong
Charles Richman as C. Phillip Montaine
Thomas E. Jackson as Toots Howard
Robert Gleckler as Detective Byrd
James Donlan as Detective Fritz