Director:

Writers:

(original story), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Musical | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  
Director: Lewis D. Collins
Stars: Una Merkel, Harry Parke, Donald Novis
Love Affair (1939)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

French playboy Michel Marnet and American Terry McKay fall in love aboard ship. They arrange to reunite 6 months later, after Michel has had a chance to earn a decent living.

Director: Leo McCarey
Stars: Irene Dunne, Charles Boyer, Maria Ouspenskaya
Dead End (1937)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The Dead End Kids, an unemployed architect, and gangster Baby Face Martin interact with an East Side neighborhood over one day and night.

Director: William Wyler
Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Joel McCrea, Humphrey Bogart
Dark Victory (1939)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A young socialite is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, and must decide whether she'll meet her final days with dignity.

Director: Edmund Goulding
Stars: Bette Davis, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart
Crime | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Mark Robson
Stars: Richard Widmark, Mai Zetterling, Nigel Patrick
Musical | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A Broadway musical comedy star tires of the same old grind and flees the city. She runs into the skipper of a showboat who befriends her, and they make plans to put together a musical revue... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Dorothy Lamour, Lloyd Nolan, Tito Guízar
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A priest tries to stop a gangster from corrupting a group of street kids.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

When a millionaire practical joker dies, he divides his fortune among four heirs who must carry out his zany instructions to cash in.

Director: Mario Zampi
Stars: Alastair Sim, Fay Compton, Guy Middleton
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: Robert Florey
Stars: Akim Tamiroff, Lloyd Nolan, Mary Boland
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Dan Foster
...
Portia Merriman
...
Earle Condon
...
Elizabeth Manners
Ruth Donnelly ...
Jane Wilkins
...
Evelyn
Clarence Kolb ...
John Condon
Anthony Marsh ...
Richard Conlan
Paul Stanton ...
Judge
George Cooper ...
Efe
John Kelly ...
Hank
...
Governor
Ian Maclaren ...
Father Caslez
...
Barker
Bob Murphy ...
Inspector
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

courtroom | murder | See All (2) »

Taglines:

Will Not Interest Children!

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 November 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Defesa de Mãe  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(edited)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Madame X wins!!!
21 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a taut, well written, social drama. The performances are solid and the editing and direction are brisk.

I have waited over 50 years to see this, now finally in 2015 out on DVD from a TV print that is 20 minutes shorn of its full length, but at 52 minutes does not seem to be missing any of its core.

I won't try to describe the narrative other than to say this is the Madame X scenario, where the Madame wins and does not die to correct her moral lapses. There is even a dance shared with the son given up who does not know he is dancing with his mother, that made it into the 1946 Madame X take-off, To Each His Own, which finally won an Oscar for this female lead type (Olivia de Havilland in this case).

The decade between 1935 and 1945 allowed all studios to submit to the Academy their "best" in the four audio categories (song, sound, original score, scoring) and be guaranteed an Oscar nom, regardless of the quality of the film or the offering within the category. This, like most Republic offerings during the period, is one of those.

The score which won the nomination is mediocre and pedestrian, perfectly acceptable for a B film, but in no way remarkable. It only appears in the following scenes: Main Title and Intro; Remembrance of son; Portia prepares to go out; Clients; Home Visit; Before the Judge; Party; Murder; End Title.

To be commended are veteran character actress, Ruth Connelly, as Portia's assistant, and Frieda Inescourt herself in a stellar performance.

Now available on DVD for the first time. Worth a watch.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Make it Available dadat231-2
Discuss Portia on Trial (1937) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?