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Leo Birinsky (story)
Jerome Cady (screenplay)
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Release Date:
8 September 1939 (USA) See more »
STARK! SAVAGE! FATEFUL! (original poster - all caps) See more »
A Catholic priest by the name of Father Loma must convince a man to step forward to save an innocent man from being sent to the electric chair. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Victor McLaglen ... Pat McGinnis

Sally Eilers ... Molly Sullivan

Joseph Calleia ... Father Loma

Barry Fitzgerald ... Michael O'Keefe
Elisabeth Risdon ... Norah O'Keefe

Pamela Blake ... Laura Mahoney (as Adele Pearce)
Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart ... Frank O'Keefe
John Bleifer ... Weaver

William Haade ... Moore
George Humbert ... Mercantonio
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stanley Blystone ... Detective (uncredited)
Joseph Crehan ... Warden (uncredited)
Edgar Dearing ... Lieutenant Thatcher (uncredited)
Jim Farley ... Tavern Owner (uncredited)
Jack Gordon ... Convict (uncredited)
William Gould ... Policeman (uncredited)

John Hamilton ... The Judge (uncredited)
Eddie Hart ... Policeman (uncredited)
Gordon Hart ... Head of Parole Board (uncredited)
Louis Jean Heydt ... Defense Attorney (uncredited)
Howard C. Hickman ... Third Doctor (uncredited)
Robert Homans ... Bartender (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Prison Guard at Sunday Services (uncredited)

Tom London ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Joe, Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Work Guard (uncredited)
Charles Trowbridge ... First Doctor (uncredited)

Theodore von Eltz ... Prosecutor (uncredited)

Directed by
John Farrow 
Writing credits
Leo Birinsky (story) (as Leo Birinski)

Jerome Cady (screenplay) (as Jerry Cady)

Produced by
Lee S. Marcus .... executive producer (as Lee Marcus)
Robert Sisk .... producer
Original Music by
Roy Webb 
Cinematography by
J. Roy Hunt 
Film Editing by
Harry Marker 
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
Art Department
Feild M. Gray .... associate art director (as Feild Gray)
Sound Department
John E. Tribby .... sound recordist
Crew believed to be complete

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73 min (Turner library print) | USA:78 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
Sweden:15 | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)


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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Looks Beautiful, like the Best Noir, But Is A Tad Too Preachy, 6 November 2003
Author: David (Handlinghandel) from NY, NY

This is a little early to be a noir but it has a beautiful Expressionistic look. It is shot in chiaroscuro much of the time.

Here, everyone is Irish. Barry Fitzgerald, the falsely accused, and Victor McLaglen, the real murderer.

There is an uneasy pious quality to the goings on, with a Roman Catholic priest as the central, and almost Christlike, figure.

When McLaglen finally confesses, he does so to the background of a heavenly choir.

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