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King of the Underworld (1939)

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After the killing of her husband by friendly fire during a police raid, Dr. Carol Nelson tries to find gangster Joe Gurney to clear her name with the medical board.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Joe Gurney
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Carol Nelson
James Stephenson ...
Bill Stevens
John Eldredge ...
Niles Nelson
Jessie Busley ...
Aunt Josephine
Arthur Aylesworth ...
Dr. Sanders
Raymond Brown ...
Sheriff
Harland Tucker ...
Mr. Ames
Ralph Remley ...
Mr. Robert
Charley Foy ...
Slick
Murray Alper ...
Eddie
Joe Devlin ...
Porky
Elliott Sullivan ...
Mugsy
Alan Davis ...
Pete
John Harmon ...
Slats
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Storyline

Niles and Carol Nelson are married doctors who save one of gang lord Gurney's men. Gurney exploits them, then kills Niles leaving Carol to take the fall. He next kidnaps writer Bill Stephens to write his biography. Knowing Bill will be killed when the biography is finished, Carol takes matters into her own hands. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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14 January 1939 (USA)  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Several actors in studio records for the movie "King of the Underworld (1939)" were not seen in the film; these include, with their character names if any, Peggy Moran (Young Man's Wife), Davison Clark (Foreman), Jerry Fletcher (Young Man), Francis Sayles (Furniture Store Proprietor), Vera Lewis and Frank Orth. See more »

Goofs

The night scenes of the raid on the Gurney hideout are mismatched. It goes from day-for-night to what appears to be genuine darkness. See more »

Quotes

Joe Gurney: [Shocked that Gurney has shot one of his own men in the back] What yuh wanna do that for?
Joe Gurney: [as he looks dispassionately through the holes in his revolver and casually blows out dirt] It says in the book that Napoleon said a good general has got to know when to be just, severe, - or mild.
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Featured in Hollywood and the Stars: The Man Called Bogart (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Jezebel
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played when Joe receives the telephone call before the operation
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"You're in trouble. Serious Trouble."
15 July 2002 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Once again, through no fault of her own, Kay Francis is in trouble and must get out of it through brains and determination. This time it's Bogey, doing a minor variation on Duke Mantee from PETRIFIED FOREST. As in most of Kay's vehicles from this period -- Warner's was pushing Bette Davis as their leading female star at this point -- everyone works hard and gives a performance that makes this hokey weeper watchable.


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