Archive for the ‘Jean Arthur’ Category

I was recently a member of a jury on a murder trial, which was sad because of the facts, but fascinating, too.  I was impressed with the attorneys — all did fine work — and the members of the jury who took their duties seriously.

Because of this, I was reminded of several romances that have courtroom scenes.

Cover of "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (Remaste...

Cover of Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (Remastered)

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) .   Is the hero crazy or just really sweet?  Very fun competency hearing in a courtroom.  I love Jean Arthur as the cynical reporter who becomes a little pixelated by love.

Witness for the Prosecution (1957 film)

Witness for the Prosecution (1957 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Witness for the Prosecution (1957).  This is not technically a romance in my mind (SPOILER) because it doesn’t end happily, but WOW, what a story.  Marlene Dietrich is beautiful and brilliant in this.

Miracle on 34th Street (1947).  The courtroom scene is played for humor with only a little romance.   That said, I like Santa Claus and I like the judge who doesn’t want to make a ruling.

A  side note:  These films make me want to buy some prettier suits.

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