Sir Douglas Rolls had earned the reputation of being England's greatest barrister. But he has just been informed by Doctor Hackett, specialist on diseases of the heart, that overwork has ... See full summary »

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Margaret Bannerman ...
Laura Locke
Arthur Margetson ...
Leslie Locke
Richard Bird ...
Eric Hammond
Sam Livesey ...
Sir Henry Linguard
Frank Atkinson ...
Pope
Hal Gordon ...
Percival Brown
Kathleen Harrison ...
Agnes Carter - Locke's Maid
Robert Horton ...
Doctor Hackett
Alec Fraser ...
Grainger
Jeanne Stuart ...
Phyllis Ware
J. Fisher White ...
Judge
Laurence Hanray ...
Parker
O.B. Clarence ...
Mr. Hammond
Mary Jerrold ...
Mrs. Hammond
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Sir Douglas Rolls had earned the reputation of being England's greatest barrister. But he has just been informed by Doctor Hackett, specialist on diseases of the heart, that overwork has taken its toll and if Sir Douglas does not take off for several months he stands a good chance of dying soon. Back in his chambers, a solicitor named Pope was waiting to see him. Pope's firm handled most of the important legal cases. Pope was there to ask Sir Douglas to take up the defense of his client, Leslie Locke. Sir Douglas's mind went back some twenty years when he was struggling for recognition, and he had been in love with a very beautiful girl ---Laura Hyde. Sir Douglas had never spoken of his love, however, because he was very poor, and wanted to be quite certain, before he married, that he would be able to give his wife every luxury. Another admirer of Laura at the time was a well-to-do, volatile and impetuous young artist who, before the plodding Rolls knew what was happening, had swept ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A great counsel is dying, but fights with the last of his strength for a man who is on trial for his life!

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Mystery | Romance

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26 November 1934 (UK)  »

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Artist in the Frame
5 July 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Star of stage and silent screen Matheson Lang plays a renowned and successful defending counsel, now in late middle age and not in the best of health. A relaxing holiday is prescribed, but instead he's approached by the love of his life, who persuades him to take on the case of her philandering husband, an artist arrested for the murder of his model and lover.

Lang is convincing as the experienced and formidable advocate, master of all the arts and manoeuvres of his profession, and the courtroom scenes are competently portrayed. There's also one of those celebrated theatrical "yes I admit it, I did it!" confessions from the witness box, that were so beloved by the script writers of the Perry Mason TV show. In common with many British films of the period, and indeed for many years later, this would struggle to be exhibited, at least uncut, under the Hays Code, not only for the few seconds of entirely contextual partial nudity, but also as the killer turns out to be a repressed Bible thumping zealot. Despite their well known aversion to screen violence, and, most famously, horror films, for a long time the much criticised officials of the BBFC generally displayed more tolerance and common sense than their U.S. counterparts.


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