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Wives Under Suspicion

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Wives Under Suspicion
Theatrical release poster by Karoly Grosz[1]
Directed byJames Whale
Screenplay byMyles Connolly
Based on(suggested by a play Suspicion by)
Ladislas Fodor
Produced byEdmund Grainger
StarringWarren William
Gail Patrick
CinematographyGeorge Robinson
Edited byCharles Maynard
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • June 3, 1938 (1938-06-03) (United States)
Running time
69 minutes
CountryUnited States

Wives Under Suspicion is a 1938 American crime film based on a 1932 Ladislas Fodor play that was previously adapted into the film, The Kiss Before the Mirror. This version was directed by James Whale and stars Warren William, Gail Patrick, Ralph Morgan, and Constance Moore. It released by Universal Pictures. In 1966, the film entered the public domain in the United States because the claimants did not renew its copyright registration in the 28th year after publication.[3]


A district attorney Jim Stowell (Warren William) realizes that his own wife (Gail Patrick) might be having an affair while he is prosecuting a cuckolded murderer.


Earlier version

Wives Under Suspicion is a remake of a film also directed by Whale, The Kiss Before the Mirror (1933). Ralph Morgan, brother of Frank Morgan, who plays the prosecutor in The Kiss Before the Mirror, appears in the remake.


  1. ^ Rebello, Stephen; Allen, Richard C. (1988). Reel Art: Great Posters from the Golden Age of the Silver Screen. New York: Abbeville Pres. p. 325. ISBN 0-89659-869-1.
  2. ^ Dick, Bernard K. (2015). City of Dreams: The Making and Remaking of Universal Pictures. University Press of Kentucky. p. 116. ISBN 9780813158891.
  3. ^ Pierce, David (June 2007). "Forgotten Faces: Why Some of Our Cinema Heritage Is Part of the Public Domain". Film History: An International Journal. 19 (2): 125–43. doi:10.2979/FIL.2007.19.2.125. ISSN 0892-2160. JSTOR 25165419. OCLC 15122313. S2CID 191633078.
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