Evelyn Prentice (1934): Mystery Melodrama, Starring Popular On-Screen Team, William Powell and Myrna Loy

Based on the 1933 novel of the same name by W. E. Woodward, Evelyn Prentice stars the popular team of William Powell and Myrna Loy, and featuring supporting turns from character actress Una Merkel and Rosalind Russell in her film debut.

The movie was shot quickly, between the original Thin Man and it first sequel, with Powell and Loy recast as another husband-and-wife team involved in a murder mystery.

Evelyn Prentice (Loy), neglected wife of attorney John Prentice (Powell), begins an affair with Lawrence Kennard, a no good poet-gigolo.  After it appears that Evelyn shot Kennard when he attempted to blackmail her, Judith Wilson (Isabel Jewell) another woman, is charged with the crime.

Evelyn, along with their daughter, convinces her husband to take on the defense of Wilson, fearing she will be convicted. Despite her husband’s efforts to prevent her, Evelyn confesses that she apparently shot Kennard when they struggled over the gun.

John then gets Wilson to confess to shooting Kennard, and to convince the jury it was self-defense.

The film ends happily, when John tells Evelyn all is forgiven and forgotten