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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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The hurricane love life of a man who makes a fat living fixing juries,twisting evidence, freeing crooks and killers who belong behind the bars! See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama | Romance

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Betty Walker: [Toasting each other after Brandon's success at a criminal trial earlier] Here's to the loopholes of the Law!
Brandon: Forget the Law. I'd rather dedicate a brief to the Southern gentleman who first concocted a Mint Julep.
Betty Walker: [laughs] If you're defending a Southern gentleman, Barry, for my money, he's not guilty.
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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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A hard nosed prosecutor must deal with his shady past.
17 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

An ambitious, dynamic district attorney(Lee Tracy) is called upon to prosecute the mob boss(Eduardo Ciannelli)responsible for his lofty appointment. Most of the courtroom scenes are hard hitting and emotionally draining, other wise the story line is quite hackneyed and obvious. Other cast members of note are:Betty Lawford, Margot Grahame and Frank M. Thomas.

Not exactly film-noir and truthfully a subpar crime flick.


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