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Police Court (1932)

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A once great stage and screen actor (Henry B. Walthall) has fallen from fame because of his alcoholism; his young son (Leon Janney) is determined to see his father "make good" again.



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Cast overview:
Henry B. Walthall ...
Nat Barry
Leon Janney ...
Junior Barry
Lionel Belmore ...
Uncle Al Furman
King Baggot ...
Henry Field, Movie Director
Edmund Breese ...
Judge Robert Webster
Diana McCormick
Walter James ...
Cappy Hearn
Al Bridge ...
(as Alan Bridge)
Bud Osborne
Paul Panzer ...
Movie Actor
Natalie Joyce ...
Jack Richardson
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ...
(as Fred Toones)


A once great stage and screen actor (Henry B. Walthall) has fallen from fame because of his alcoholism; his young son (Leon Janney) is determined to see his father "make good" again.

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20 February 1932 (USA)  »

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Fame Street  »

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Yes, it is old fashioned and a bit hard to believe, but it's still a decent B picture.
21 September 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Henry Walthall is probably not a name you'd recognize--even though he has well over 300 credits to his IMDb filmography. In addition, he was a huge stage star back in the day--and that is the key....back in the day. During the silent era, Walthall was a big star and appeared in such films as "Birth of a Nation" and "Wings"--both mega-hit films. But, by the 1930s, Walthall's star began to fade a bit. He was no longer the handsome leading man, so he began to take on a lot of supporting character roles--roles he usually did a great job in conveying.

A few years before his death, Walthall has a starring role here in "Police Court"--one of his few starring vehicles in the 1930s. He plays Nat Barry--a once-great actor who has descended to the world of drunks. His young son (Leon Janney) is convinced that somehow his father will lick his alcoholism and will once again be a big star. However, through the course of the picture, it becomes more and more obvious that the man is simply drinking himself to death. It's a shame, as his young son actually has a chance to become an actor himself---but the boy is in need of his father's strength and guidance.

This film is a mixed bag. On one hand, the plot (though a tad old fashioned in style) is rather original and interesting. Plus, when Walthall is on the screen, he is magnetic. But, the film also has a few problems--the biggest being believability. Additionally, the black character actor Fred 'Snowflake' Toones plays a nauseating role that is intended as comic relief--the sort of racist comic relief that would shock most modern audiences. Here, he not only plays a typical stupid black man role but a sex offender--all for laughs! My, how times have changed! So is it worth seeing? Well, if you are like me and you adore old movies, sure. But for you young whippersnappers who aren't impressed with old films, you could certainly do better. At best average despite Walthall's impressive acting.

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