Crime Without Passion

Crime Without Passion is a 1934 American drama film directed by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, starring Claude Rains. It is the first of four pictures written, produced and directed by Hecht and MacArthur for Paramount Pictures. Sixty to seventy percent of the film was directed by cinematographer Lee Garmes.

The plot centers around a clever and suave but unscrupulous and dishonest lawyer, Lee Gentry (Rains) who boasts that he "lives by lies". His attempts to finish his affair with a clinging, besotted cabaret artist do not go according to plan.

Crime Without Passion
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Directed byBen Hecht
Charles MacArthur
Produced byBen Hecht
Charles MacArthur
Written byBen Hecht
Charles MacArthur
CinematographyLee Garmes
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • August 30, 1934
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States



  • EAMES, John Douglas, The Paramount Story, London: Octopus Books, 1985

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1934 in film

The following is an overview of 1934 in film, including significant events, a list of films released and notable births and deaths.

Charles MacArthur

Charles Gordon MacArthur (November 5, 1895 – April 21, 1956) was an American playwright, screenwriter and 1935 winner of the Academy Award for Best Story.

Claude Rains

William Claude Rains (10 November 1889 – 30 May 1967) was an English–American film and stage actor whose career spanned several decades. After his American film debut as Dr. Jack Griffin in The Invisible Man (1933) he appeared in classic films such as The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), The Wolf Man (1941), Casablanca and Kings Row (both 1942), Notorious (1946), The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1957), and Lawrence of Arabia (1962).

He was a Tony Award winning actor and was a four-time nominee for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Rains was considered to be "one of the screen's great character stars" who was, according to the All-Movie Guide, "at his best when playing cultured villains". During his lengthy career, he was greatly admired by many of his contemporaries, such as Bette Davis, Vincent Sherman, Ronald Neame and Albert Dekker, all of whom became close family friends. Rains also inspired many younger actors, such as John Gielgud, Charles Laughton and Richard Chamberlain.

Esther Dale

Esther Dale (November 10, 1885 – July 23, 1961) was an American actress, best known perhaps for her role as Aunt Genevieve in the 1935 Shirley Temple vehicle, Curly Top.

Fuller Mellish

Fuller Mellish (1865-1936) born Harold Arthur Fuller; was an English born American stage and screen actor. He was the father of Fuller Mellish, Jr.(of Applause fame) and Vera Fuller Mellish. His parents were Charles Perry Fuller and Rose (neé Leclercq). Mellish began his stage career in 1881 and performed in his last play in 1935.

Furies (disambiguation)

The Furies (Erinyes) are the deities of vengeance in Greek mythology.

Furies may also refer to:

The Eumenides, or The Furies, a play by Aeschylus

Furies (Shannara), characters in the Shannara book series by Terry Brooks

The Furies, characters in the Codex Alera book series by Jim Butcher

The Furies, a film montage by Slavko Vorkapić which opened the 1934 film Crime Without Passion

The Furies (1950 film), a Western by Anthony Mann

The Furies (1930 film), a murder mystery

"The Furies", a 1965 science fiction novelette by Roger Zelazny

The Furies, a 1966 science fiction novel by Keith Roberts

The Furies (novel), a 1976 historical novel by John Jakes

Furies, a 1977 animated short film by Sara Petty

The Furies, a 2009 historical novel by Bill Napier

The Furies, newspaper of The Furies Collective, a Washington DC-based lesbian organization

The Furys, a 1935 novel by James Hanley. See The Furys Chronicle.Erinyes may also refer to:

Erinyes (Dungeons & Dragons), a devil in the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game

Greta Granstedt

Greta Granstedt (July 13, 1907 – October 7, 1987) was an American film and television actress.

Helen Hayes

Helen Hayes MacArthur (née Brown; October 10, 1900 – March 17, 1993) was an American actress whose career spanned 80 years. She eventually received the nickname "First Lady of American Theater" and was one of 15 people who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony Award (an EGOT). Hayes also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor, from President Ronald Reagan in 1986. In 1988, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts.

The annual Helen Hayes Awards, which have recognized excellence in professional theatre in greater Washington, DC, since 1984, are her namesake. In 1955, the former Fulton Theatre on 46th Street in New York City's Broadway Theater District was renamed the Helen Hayes Theatre. When that venue was torn down in 1982, the nearby Little Theatre was renamed in her honor. Helen Hayes is regarded as one of the greatest leading ladies of the 20th-century theatre.

Lee Garmes

Lee Garmes, A.S.C. (May 27, 1898 – August 31, 1978) was an American cinematographer. During his career, he worked with directors Howard Hawks, Max Ophüls, Josef von Sternberg, Alfred Hitchcock, King Vidor, Nicholas Ray and Henry Hathaway, whom he had met as a young man when the two first came to Hollywood in the silent era. He also co-directed two films with legendary screenwriter Ben Hecht: Angels Over Broadway and Actor's and Sin.

List of film noir titles

Film noir is not a clearly defined genre (see here for details on the characteristics). Therefore, the composition of this list may be controversial. To minimize dispute the films included here should preferably feature a footnote linking to a reliable, published source which states that the mentioned film is considered to be a film noir by an expert in this field, e.g.The terms which are used below to subsume various periods and variations of film noir are not definitive and are meant as a navigational aid rather than as critical argument. Because the 1940s and 1950s are universally regarded as the "classic period" of American film noir, films released prior to 1940 are listed under the caption "Precursors / early noir-like films". Films released after 1959 should generally only be listed in the list of neo-noir titles.

Margo (actress)

Margo (born María Marguerita Guadalupe Teresa Estela Bolado Castilla y O'Donnell, May 10, 1917 – July 17, 1985) was a Mexican-American actress and dancer. She appeared in many American motion pictures and television productions, including Lost Horizon (1937), The Leopard Man (1943), Viva Zapata! (1952), and I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955). She married actor Eddie Albert in 1945 and was later known as Margo Albert.

Marjorie Main

Marjorie Main is the stage name of Mary Tomlinson (February 24, 1890 – April 10, 1975), was an American character actress and singer of the Classical Hollywood period, best known as a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract player in the 1940s and 1950s, and for her role as Ma Kettle in ten Ma and Pa Kettle movies. Main started her career in vaudeville and theatre and appeared in films classics, such as Dead End (1937), Dark Command (1940), The Shepherd of the Hills (1941), Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), and Friendly Persuasion (1956).

National Board of Review Awards 1934

The 6th National Board of Review Awards were announced on December 20, 1934.

Paula Trueman

Paula Trueman (April 25, 1897 – March 23, 1994) was an American film, stage and television actress.

Rumba (1935 film)

Rumba is a 1935 musical drama film starring George Raft as a Cuban dancer and Carole Lombard as a Manhattan socialite. The movie was directed by Marion Gering and is considered an unsuccessful follow-up to Raft and Lombard's smash hit Bolero the previous year.

Slavko Vorkapić

Slavoljub "Slavko" Vorkapić (Serbian Cyrillic: Славољуб "Славко" Воркапић; March 17, 1894 – October 20, 1976), known in English as Slavko Vorkapich, was a Serbian-born Hollywood montagist, an independent cinematic artist, chair of USC School of Cinematic Arts, chair of the Belgrade Film and Theatre Academy, painter, and illustrator. He was a prominent figure of modern cinematography and motion picture film art during the early and mid-20th century and was a cinema theorist and lecturer.

Stanley Ridges

Stanley Ridges (17 July 1890 – 22 April 1951) was a British-born actor who made his mark in films by playing a wide assortment of character parts.

Whitney Bourne

Whitney Bourne (May 6, 1914 – December 24, 1988) was an American stage and film actress. She was a leading lady in several B films of the 1930s, with occasional appearances in more prestigious films such as the British musical Head over Heels. During WWII, she was an "American Red Cross" clubmobiler.

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