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Defenders of the Law (1931)

Passed  -  Action | Adventure | Crime  -  24 May 1931 (USA)
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A gang of racketeers, with the aid of a high-ranking city official has control of a big-city, and the police plant an undercover cop to gather evidence against the hoodlums - except the ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Catherine Dale Owen ...
Alice Randall
Edmund Breese ...
Capt. Bill Houston
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Mae Ward - Undercover Policewoman
Paul Panzer ...
Gangster
John Holland ...
Phil Terry aka Joe Velet
Robert Gleckler ...
Gangster
Kit Guard ...
Kit - Velet's Chief Henchman
Joseph W. Girard ...
The Police Chief (as Joseph Girard)
Philo McCullough ...
Lawyer
Al Cooke ...
Henchman
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A gang of racketeers, with the aid of a high-ranking city official has control of a big-city, and the police plant an undercover cop to gather evidence against the hoodlums - except the police keep telling the wrong person what they are up to. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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police | gang | big city | violence | valet | See more »

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Racketeers Beware: You Can't Beat the "Defenders of the Law!" (original ad) See more »


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24 May 1931 (USA)  »

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Yperaspistai tou nomou  »

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Police captain goes toe to toe with gangster who was his army sergeant
23 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

John Holland, who plays gangster Joe Velet, saves this picture from utter disaster. He supplies most of what's interesting when he comes to LA, determined to take over its gangland operations. Standing in his way is his old pal, a cop played by Edmund Breese. Holland is dapper, determined, swaggering, and confident. He draws out his words in an effective threatening way. Breese is a four-square and square-jawed kind of guy. His part is quite uninteresting. The police commissioner is too inept.

Unfortunately, the picture suffers from stilted scenes with awkward pauses, ragged film editing, and a story that becomes too static when Holland holes up in one flat. Where music might have helped, it's absent. Undercover cop Mae Busch adds a bit of interest.

The year 1931 was a good year for gangster movies, what with Little Caesar and Public Enemy following upon 1930's very effective Doorway to Hell. It's too bad that this story couldn't have found better directing and production. The climax is really handled ineptly. Taking it for what it is, it's worth seeing for Holland's Joe Velet, and that's about it.


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