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Criminal Lawyer (1937)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Drama | 29 January 1937 (USA)
Barry Brandon, a criminal lawyer, visits the night club of Denny Larkin, his primary client, with Betty Walker, a spoiled society girl. The police raid the club and Brandon pleads that the ... See full summary »

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Barry Brandon, a criminal lawyer, visits the night club of Denny Larkin, his primary client, with Betty Walker, a spoiled society girl. The police raid the club and Brandon pleads that the whole group is guilty, just to get even with Larkin for a rebuke. On the same night in court, Madge Carter is on trial for disorderly conduct, and Brandon volunteers to defend her, and proves the case against her if a frame-up. Finding that she is penniless, Brandon hires her as his secretary, and falls in love with her. Brandon is appointed district attorney and has ambitions of becoming the state governor. Having dinner at Betty's home, she maneuvers him, while he is drunk, into marrying her. Later, Madge is a witness when Larkin shoots down a fellow gangster. By threatening Brandon's life, he forces her to commit perjury at his trial, and say he fired in self-defense. Brandon, the prosecuting attorney (who has had his marriage to Betty annulled) knows she is lying but doesn't know why. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Cunningly he trapped his victims with legal treachery...but he couldn't wiggle out of the trap he fell into! See more »

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Bandini: [Referring to an unattractive woman at the party who adores him] Betty, that woman with the face of an amiable horse... I suffer to look at her. That one should hang!
Betty Walker: [With an embarrassed laugh] Tony, will you sing for my guests?
Bandini: For your guests, no. But for you, I do anything... even to the marriage.
Betty Walker: [With an embarrassed laugh] Well, all I want right now is just a little song.
Bandini: [They head to the piano] Now the voice the women love, will make the love to you.
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Remake of State's Attorney (1932) See more »

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Tonight, Lover, Tonight
(1937)
Music by Jack Stern
Lyrics by Harry Tobias
Played on piano and sung by Erik Rhodes (uncredited) at the party
Reprised a cappella by him later
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Tracy Good, Film Bad
26 July 2001 | by (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews

What a shame that the great Lee Tracy was toiling in low rent pictures like this when he should've been a big star in his very prime at this stage in his career. There are glimpses of his motor-mouthed talent in the courtroom scenes and there is some electricity in his terse, mutually contemptuous confrontations with tight-lipped mob boss Eduardo Ciannelli, but the script is subpar and the editing (particularly during the climax) is downright dreadful. The film has no grab or soul and Tracy's moral reversal rings terribly false.


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