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Within the Law (1939)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 17 March 1939 (USA)
Mary Turner, is wrongly accused, by her employer Edward Gilder, and then convicted of theft. In prison she studies law books, and on release partners with another woman to legally scam ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Richard Gilder
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Joe Garson
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Cassidy
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English Eddie
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Agnes
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Mr. Gilder
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June
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Helen Morris
Ann Morriss ...
Saleswoman
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'Red'
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Inspector Burke
Cliff Clark ...
McGuire
Claude King ...
Art Dealer
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Mary Turner, is wrongly accused, by her employer Edward Gilder, and then convicted of theft. In prison she studies law books, and on release partners with another woman to legally scam wealthy men, including Dick Gilder, son of her accuser. Written by trivwhiz

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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17 March 1939 (USA)  »

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Dentro da Lei  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Tom Neal, who portrayed Dick Gilder, the target of Mary's marriage scam, was in real life convicted of the 1965 murder of his third wife, and after his release from prison in 1971, he said "Women in my life brought me nothing but unhappiness." See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, as the detectives are searching the locker room, a shadow of the boom microphone drops onto the bank of lockers being searched by the first detective - just before the stolen jeweled clip is found. See more »

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Version of Intaquam (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Got You Under My Skin
(1936) (uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
Played on a radio
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Godd start, bad end
26 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There's quite a bit to like in this movie in its first half. Ruth Hussey's portrayal of the downward spiral into a life of crime after being wrongly convicted is well done and believable. The plans she concocts for legally extorting large sums from her former employer are clever and add quite a few nail biting moments. Despite the film's pedigree I found myself expecting more and more clever twists. But in its windup the film becomes melodramatic and predictable. Love wins all, love sacrifices all, blah, blah, blah. Boring, boring, boring. The producers opted for a safe and bland conclusion when a more original ending would have raised this film to a much higher standing. Oh well, Ruth Hussey, Paul Kelly and Rita Johnson are all very good in their roles so I guess they make it worth a look.


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