Journal of a Crime (1934): William Keighley’s Pre-Code Noir, starring Ruth Chatterton and Adolphe Menjou

William Keighley directed Journal of a Crime, a pre-Code noir crime drama, starring Ruth Chatterton, Adolphe Menjou, and Claire Dodd.

The film is a remake of the 1933 French film, Une vie perdue, written by Jacques Deval.


Ruth Chatterton as Francoise
Adolphe Menjou as Paul
Claire Dodd as Odette
George Barbier as Chautard
Douglas Dumbrille as Cartier
Noel Madison as Castelli
Henry O’Neill as Doctor
Phillip Reed as The Dunken Young Man at the Party
Henry Kolker as Henri Marcher
Walter Pidgeon as Florestan
Clay Clement as The Police Inspector


TCM showed the film on April 14, 2020.