Evelyn Prentice is a 1939 drama about a lonely married woman whose relationship with an unscrupulous man ends in tragedy. Although Evelyn Prentice (Myrna Loy) is married to high-powered New York attorney John Prentice (William Powell), she still feels neglected and ignored. Her yearning for company leads her into the arms of womanizing gigolo Lawrence (Harvey Stephens), who initially showers her with affection. Realizing that Evelyn is a cash cow, Lawrence soon blackmails her with some innocuous letters and demands $15,000. Terrified that her husband will find out, Evelyn finally puts an end to Harvey's blackmail with a bullet to the chest. Harvey's girlfriend Judith Wilson (Isabel Jewell) arrives just as the shot is fired; however, Evelyn is able to leave without being seen. Judith is ultimately charged with Lawrence's murder. Guilt-ridden about the fact that a knowingly innocent woman is being charged with murder, Evelyn begs her husband to defend Judith.