A Slight Case of Murder
(1938, Lloyd Bacon)
Edward G. Robinson is – surprise! – a gangster and bootlegger who decides to go legit after Prohibition ends by selling his beer, which is simply awful. The whole thing is played for laughs (O! The spit-takes!) with a fantastic supporting cast, and a few pesky corpses a la Arsenic and Old Lace. However, it leaves a stale aftertaste, mostly due to its snail’s pace.