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The Unwritten Law (1932)

A film producer is found murdered on a ship, and among the suspects are a young woman whose mother was mistreated by him and his recently fired electrician.


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Cast overview:
Pete Brown (as 'Skeets' Gallagher)
Ruth Evans
Roger Morgan
Lulu Potts
Stephen McBain
Val Lewis
Abu Eyd
Frank Woods
Captain Kane
Ed Riley


Following an opening reel inside a movie studio where a 'talkie' is being filmed, the participants board a ship to go on location trip where, as they say in show business blurbs, comedy, love, passion, revenge, mystery and murder stalk the decks. The stalkee is movie producer Roger Morgan, who majors in seduction of women...and the stalkers include: Fifi LaRu, the exotic foreign star whom he has cast aside for the fresh-and-innocent Mary Evans; Ruth's mother, whose smoldering hatred for Morgan, who wronged her years before, flames into new fire when she learns of his interest in her daughter; the studio electrician whose sister Morgan deflowered; Val Lewis, the young director who loves Ruth; and last, but not least, Ruth's father who Morgan had tossed into a ravine in Africa years before, and broke camp and took his wife and baby daughter with him. And a couple of the ship's crew members don't appear to care much for him, either. Written by Les Adams <>

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Bhind the scenes and on a location trip with a Hollywood movie company - that lived a real-life story more real , more strange, more thrilling than any picture they made. (original poster) See more »


Crime | Mystery | Romance






Release Date:

26 November 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Betrayal  »

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1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecast of this film occurred Monday 17 January 1944 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). See more »

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