Gangsters scheme to get rid of a crusading District Attorney by blackmailing him through his daughter.

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Tess Brandon
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Phillip Brandon
Lew Cody ...
Jimmie Dale
Ned Sparks ...
Eddie Crane
Walter Byron ...
Joe Carson
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John St. Polis ...
Robert Henley
Arthur Hoyt ...
Oscar Shane
Ara Haswell ...
Madge Blake
Joseph W. Girard ...
Chief of Detectives Corrigan
Syd Saylor ...
Harry Smaltz
Lloyd Ingraham ...
Warden John Alton
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Gangsters scheme to get rid of a crusading District Attorney by blackmailing him through his daughter.

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5 October 1932 (USA)  »

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Should a Woman Tell?  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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Jimmie Dale: Have you seen one of the new $100 bils?
Madge: I haven't seen one of the old ones, yet.
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Irony and the Law
24 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fascinating little pre-Coder about the law and hypocrisy as seen by the crusader, a district attorney (H.B. Warner) who is hard as nails where the law is concerned.

The story opens with the execution of the woman who killed a man while "defending her honor." The DA points points out that the woman was a tramp but in any case murder is murder. But a nosy reporter (Ned Sparks) digs up some info on the DA's wife (Evelyn Brent) and her past as a speakeasy hostess in New York.

Into the mix comes the DA's sister (Marceline Day) who is dating a stranger. But both Brent and Sparks recognize him as a gangster from New York. At a local club run by Lew Cody (a former boyfriend of Brent's) the gangster brings the naive sister and attacks her in a private dining room. The irony here is that the sister kills a man while defending her honor. Both Brent and Cody try to claim responsibility for the murder, but Warner isn't as dumb as everyone thinks.

Solid early talkie with good performances by all involved. Warner, Brent, and Sparks are standouts.


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