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The Spellbinder (1939)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 28 July 1939 (USA)
Jed Marlowe is a brilliant, scheming, unscrupulous criminal lawyer whose specialty is defending criminal he knows is guilty but gets them off through loop-holes or bribery. Then his ... See full summary »

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Miss Simpson
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Judge Butler - Second Trial
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Harry 'Ice Box' Swinnerty
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Harry Beldon - Saxophone Player
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Jed Marlowe is a brilliant, scheming, unscrupulous criminal lawyer whose specialty is defending criminal he knows is guilty but gets them off through loop-holes or bribery. Then his daughter, misled by her father's courtroom performance, but unaware of his back-room tactics, marries the killer her father has just unjustly save from the electric chair. What's a poor father to do? Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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TRAPPED - between the Daughter he loved and the law he defied! See more »

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28 July 1939 (USA)  »

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Em Defesa da Filha  »

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Tom Dixon: Haven't you got any wine at all?
Bellboy: The only kind of wine we have is whisky.
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A-Hunting We Will Go
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Played on a saxophone by Leonid Kinskey in court
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B film
22 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Spellbinder" is a short film starring Lee Tracy and Patric Knowles. Tracy plays Jed Marlowe, a clever attorney who is expert at getting guilty people found not guilty. One of his clients, Dixon (Patric Knowles), comes to him and says that he has to kill his accountant, who knows too much about his shady bookkeeping. Tracy wants no part of it. When the accountant dies, it appears to be an accident, but the man was tripped by Knowles and fell.

When Tracy's daughter (Barbara Read) comes home for a visit from school, she starts to date Dixon without her father's knowledge. When he finds out, it's too late. They're getting married.

It's always bad when a short film seems like Lawrence of Arabia, and this is one. It's not very exciting. The acting, though, is okay.


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