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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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Tom Dixon
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Steve Kindal
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Miss Simpson
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Mr. Carrington
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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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Crime | Drama | Romance

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28 July 1939 (USA)  »

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Em Defesa da Filha  »

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1.37 : 1
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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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The Old Oaken Bucket
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Played on a saxophone by Leonid Kinskey in court
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Like an hour-long Perry Mason episode
20 June 2004 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Watching this film, you can't help but wonder where Raymond Burr was hiding.

This somewhat dull courtroom drama feels like an hour-long Perry Mason episode, with Linda Hayes in the inevitable "Della Street" role to provide a modicum of romantic interest for the aging leading man, Lee Tracy. The plot is not worth describing; what I did find interesting that immediately after a series of amusing second features in which Tracy played youthful wise-acre roles similar to those in his Pre-Code heyday (such as "Crashing Hollywood" and "Wanted: Jane Turner"), Tracy has abruptly aged into a staid middle-aged character actor. (Interestingly he made this movie right after his return to Hollywood and his honeymoon in pre-war Europe with his bride, Helen Thomas, a former insurance agent.) In any case, he turns in a great performance- suiting the role, it's more mature and nuanced than usual, and it transcends the mediocre script. It's also intriguing to see Mr. Tracy playing a father, which was not something he did that often.


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