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The Man Who Dared (1939)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  3 June 1939 (USA)
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One man stands up to his dangerous corrupt local small town government.



(screen play), (from an original story by) (as Lucian Hubbard)
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Complete credited cast:
Marge Carter
Ulysses Porterfield
Henry O'Neill ...
Matthew Carter
Johnny Russell ...
Ted Carter (as John Russell)
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Jessie Carter (as Elizabeth Risdon)
James McCallion ...
Ralph Carter
Dickie Jones ...
Bill Carter
Frederic Tozere ...
Stephen Palmer (as Fred Tozere)
John Gallaudet ...
Nick Bartel
Grace Stafford ...
Mary McCrary


One man stands up to his dangerous corrupt local small town government.

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Crime | Drama


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3 June 1939 (USA)  »

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City in Terror  »

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1.37 : 1
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This was one of the few movies that received an "Approved" certificate despite two violations of the production code: the evildoers did not receive their just desserts by the end, and police officials were not portrayed as champions of good. Frank Shaw, a former mayor of Los Angeles, filed a $1-million lawsuit against Warner Bros., claiming the corrupt mayor in the movie was modelled after him, and that it showed he was responsible for the bombing of a private investigator. Shaw had been voted out of office in 1938 in a campaign against political corruption led by a civic reform group (which had hired a private detective to investigate the mayor; it was that detective's house that had been bombed). Warner Bros. countered that the movie was a remake of a 1931 film, but nevertheless Warners' East Coast ad campaign for the film called it "The Ex-Mayor's Libel Suit Picture". See more »


Version of The Star Witness (1931) See more »


A Hot Time in the Old Town
(1896) (uncredited)
Music by Theo. A. Metz
Played on harmonica by Charley Grapewin several times
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A Little Gem
11 April 2002 | by (Orange County, CA) – See all my reviews

This remake of "Star Witness" (1931) is a rare find. Starring a cast of experienced character actors (both young and old), it's the story of a family that makes a brave stand against small-town government corruption. Exceptional performances include those of Henry O'Neill as the family patriarch, Charlie Grapewin as the grandfather, and Jane Bryan as the daughter.

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