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Law of the Underworld (1938)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 6 May 1938 (USA)
A respected citizen with secret ties to the local mob is faced with revealing his criminal connections to save two innocent people from execution.



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Complete credited cast:
Annabelle Porter
Warren Rogers
Richard Bond ...
Tommy Brown
Lee Patrick ...
Dorothy Palmer
Paul Guilfoyle ...
Frank M. Thomas ...
Police Captain Gargan
Eddie Acuff ...
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A respected citizen with secret ties to the local mob is faced with revealing his criminal connections to save two innocent people from execution. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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By Day, a Polo-Playing Socialite...By Night, King of the Racket Mob! (original poster) See more »


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Release Date:

6 May 1938 (USA)  »

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A Lei do Crime  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Several cast members listed in contemporary Hollywood Reporter news items did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were: Tom Kennedy, Bradley Page, Margaret Armstrong, Stanley Blystone, Monte Montague and Lloyd Whitlock. Cecil Kellaway is identified mostly from his voice, since his head is obscure in both of his scenes. See more »


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What A Jackpot
7 January 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Law Of The Underworld contains some nice performances by Chester Morris, Lee Patrick, and Eduardo Ciannelli and sad that they are wasted in a muddle of a film. Quite frankly this thing is unbelievable.

Richard Bond and Anne Shirley are a pair of engaged folks who apparently have no street smarts and flash a roll around some gangsters. One of them Eduardo Ciannelli is a particularly murderous individual who hasn't been getting his financial due from the big boss Chester Morris. Still this big time heist guy robbing these kids for walking around money is really dumb.

But that's nothing to how dumb Shirley and Bond are who decide to stick up the stick up men and get their $136.00 nest egg back. Morris is in the room now and he overpowers them. But he decides he can use these two as a kind of shill for his next job which is jewelry store robbery.

It all of course both goes wrong and the film keeps going downhill from there. Lee Patrick is a nightclub singer and a really bad dame who's been two timing Morris with Ciannelli. Walter Abel repeats the role he had in Warner Brothers Racketbusters as a Thomas E. Dewey type special prosecutor.

The story is pretty unbelievable, why didn't those two young people just go to the cops and make a police report of the robbery? I guarantee you if you see Law Of The Underworld you won't figure it out either.

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