skip navigation
Special Theme: Amateur Sleuths
share:
Remind Me
suppliedTitle,suppliedTitle

Mr. and Mrs. North

Magazine writer Richard Lockridge had no clue whatsoever that his fictional Manhattan marrieds, Mr. and Mrs. North, would one day wind up amateur detectives. Lockridge had created the characters as the focus of a string of humorous domestic stories published in The New York Sun and The New Yorker; it was only when his mystery writer wife, Frances, was struggling with a whodunit in-progress that the pair decided to fold into the narrative Mr. and Mrs. North, who by then were enjoying a significant following. Published in 1940, The Norths Meet Murder led to brisk sales and a double-digit series of mystery novels, followed by a Broadway play and spin-offs for the big screen, radio, and television. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Mr. and Mrs. North (1942) was an adaptation of the Owen Davis play, and featured William Post, Jr. and Gracie Allen as publisher Gerald P. North and his scatterbrained (and yet oddly deductive) wife Pamela, whose amateur sleuthing nettles cop on the case Paul Kelly. Radio star Allen had been the crimebusting star of Paramount's The Gracie Allen Murder Case (1939), helping Warren William's Philo Vance to bring a killer to justice, but additional whodunits were not to be. With Allen retiring from films after 1942, there were no more Mr. and Mrs. North movies - though their adventures continued on the radio and on television, most notably in the 1952-1954 TV series starring Richard Denning and Barbara Britton.

By Richard Harland Smith

VIEW TCMDb ENTRY

ADVERTISEMENT

Also Playing on TCM

Also playing
Scorsese Screens for May
An exclusive monthly column

In partnership with The Film Foundation, Turner Classic Movies is proud to bring you this exclusive monthly column by iconic film...more

TCM Shopping
  • The Mad Miss Manton
  • A daffy socialite gets her friends mixed up... more info
  • $15.96
  • Regularly $19.99
  • Add to cart
  • The Lady Vanishes (Criterion Collection)
  • When a young woman on a train meets a... more info
  • $25.97
  • Regularly $39.95
  • Add to cart
  • The Kennel Murder Case (The Film Detective Restored Version)
  • William Powell stars as detective Philo Vance... more info
  • $14.95
  • Regularly $14.99
  • Add to cart
  • Footsteps In The Dark
  • Errol Flynn, Ralph Bellamy. An investment... more info
  • $15.96
  • Regularly $19.99
  • Add to cart