Within the Law (1939)

Passed  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  17 March 1939 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Gilder
Paul Kelly ...
Joe Garson
William Gargan ...
English Eddie
Rita Johnson ...
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Mr. Gilder
Lynne Carver ...
Jo Ann Sayers ...
Helen Morris
Ann Morriss ...
James Burke ...
Inspector Burke
Cliff Clark ...
Claude King ...
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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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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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There are several dialogue references to novels The Wizard of Oz (1939) and Gone with the Wind (1939), each of which were in production, and eagerly anticipated by the public, at MGM on the March 1939 release of Within the Law, and both were released through MGM in late 1939. The script references were clear attempts by MGM to obliquely promote their later 1939 blockbusters. See more »


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maybe revenge isn't sweet
10 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This programmer, starring Ruth Hussey, concerns a woman, Mary, who, unjustly accused of stealing, vows revenge on her employer. While in prison, she studies law books and realizes that one can use the law to commit crimes and stay out of jail. She joins a team of con artists, of whom a prison friend, Agnes, is a member.

Mary's knowledge of legal cons is a boon to her friends, as it would be today if she had worked at Enron. It's the most interesting part of the movie. Life becomes a little more complicated for her when she sets out to use her boss' son as revenge.

This is an ordinary B movie. What's fun is that it was made in the 1938-1939 era when Gone with the Wind was all the rage. When Mary asks the prison librarian for a book, Gone with the Wind is suggested. Her friend Agnes refers to herself as Scarlett O'Hara. Guess everybody had it on the brain.

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