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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
Joseph Crehan ...
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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The $10,000 retainer Mary turns down from Frank would be worth over $170,000 in 2016. 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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Good Actors Struggling With Indifferent Script
24 October 2009 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

A talented set of actors, including Glenda Farrell in her hard-boiled, tough-talking mode, work hard in this Warner's B about a pair of young woman lawyers starting out, fighting for work and -- in Margaret Lindsay's case -- the amatory advances of Warren Hull. It comes off as pretty much of a programmer. Sidney Hickox' camera work is up to Warner Brothers fast-moving, underlit standard, but none of the actors, with the exception of the always engaging Miss Farrell, and Al Shean in a small role at the beginning of the movie as a restaurateur resisting some mobsters in the protection racket, manage any real oomph in their roles -- even Linsday and Talbot seem a bit stagy. Debit perennial B director Clemens for the failure.

THE LAW IN HER HANDS has the makings of a decent Warners B. The courtroom vignettes are amusing, but it's been done too many times and by people more interested in the work.


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