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The Law in Her Hands (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 16 May 1936 (USA)
Novice attorneys Mary and 'Dot' open their own practice, confident that their futures looks bright. But after months of rising debt and falling income, Mary stumbles into the employ of ... See full summary »

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Dorothy 'Dot' Davis
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Asst. Dist. Atty. Robert Mitchell
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Frank 'Legs' Gordon
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Eddie O'Malley
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Marty
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Franz
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William McGuire
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Dist. Atty. Thomas Mallon
Matty Fain ...
Augie Simelli (henchman #1)
Milton Kibbee ...
Herman Sturm (as Milt Kibbee)
Eddie Shubert ...
Harry Morton
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Novice attorneys Mary and 'Dot' open their own practice, confident that their futures looks bright. But after months of rising debt and falling income, Mary stumbles into the employ of racketeer Frank Gordon. Financial worries behind them, Mary and 'Dot' start representing the dregs of Morgan's society. But will Mary's conscience--not to mention the intervention of her D.A. boyfriend--allow her to continue? Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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A "Perfume Apple" was a small, handmade smoke bomb or acid irritant, typically packed in a glass perfume sample. They were widely used by hoods and wise guys circa early 1930's to intimidate small businesses into paying extortion for protection rackets. See more »

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When the Assistant D.A. introduces the photograph in court to prove the defendant/racketeer was present in The Bohemian Cafe as both leading characters and the restaurant owner testified he was, trying to extort a $150 protection fee/membership in the Benevolent Association, the photograph clearly shows a man sitting in a chair at a table in the back corner. He also was briefly seen the day of the extortion attempt with another man in that back corner, before the photograph was taken. However, when the photographer actually snapped the photo, and the flash bulbs exploded, the men at the table were gone, and the chair on the right side of the table, by the door, is empty. See more »

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I'd Rather Listen to Your Eyes
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Music by Harry Warren
Played during the opening photo credits
Also played when Bob proposes to Mary
Also played when Frank Gordon and Bob are at Mary's apartment, and at the end
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A dated women-as-lawyers movie where the legal profession takes a bashing.
17 December 1998 | by (Pine Grove, California) – See all my reviews

I had a hard time accepting the wise-cracking Glenda Farrell as a lawyer, and I suppose the writers did too. She's Margaret Lindsay's partner but never does any lawyering, and is there mostly for comedy. So is Eddie Acuff, their process server who is always bandaged after being beaten by the party he served, in a running gag. Perhaps I am a bit naive, but I was put off by the tricks the lawyers pulled to win their cases. We see Robert Emmett Keane plant a pint of whiskey in a coat pocket to cause Lindsay to lose a case, which teaches her to play a few tricks herself. She gets a phony mother to sit by a gangster client and plays on the sympathy of one juror, who causes a hung jury. Worse, while Farrell distracts the turnkey, she creates a phony photograph, in the prison cell no less, using lipstick on a client to simulated blood, in order to invalidate his confession. These acts are not only unethical, but also illegal. Of course, at the time she was working for racketeer Lyle Talbot, and she does try to quit when he faces charges of poisoning seven children by accident. All Talbot was trying to do was scare the milk producers into joining his "protective association." After Talbot murders a witness and wounds Assistant District Attorney Warren Hull, who saw him do it, he forces Lindsay to defend him by threatening her and Hull, whom she loves. But Lindsay still has a bag of tricks to use in his trial.

The performances are average, with no one actor particularly standing out. The 1930's male mentality about marriage is also present: Hull wants to marry Lindsay only if she quits being a lawyer and settles down to run his household.


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