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You Can't Beat the Law (1943)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  29 January 1943 (USA)
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Playboy Johnny Gray is framed and sent to prison after his stolen car is found at a holdup committed by Rico, and while the latter is not suspected, his henchman Harry, Creeper and Red are ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Edward Norris ...
Johnny Gray
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Amy Duncan
Jack La Rue ...
Cain
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Frank Sanders
Robert Homans ...
Mr. Duncan
Charles Jordan ...
Rico Henchman Creeper
Kenneth Harlan ...
First Warden
Bryant Washburn ...
Governor
Selmer Jackson ...
Mr. Bedford
Paul McVey ...
Wayne - Death Row Inmate
George Kamel ...
Jumpy
Willy Castello ...
Rico (as William Castello)
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Playboy Johnny Gray is framed and sent to prison after his stolen car is found at a holdup committed by Rico, and while the latter is not suspected, his henchman Harry, Creeper and Red are convicted with Johnny. Stung by the injustice, when even his fiancée believes him guilty, Johnny becomes an unruly prisoner and is put in a cell with Cain, head of the prison gang planning a break. The new warden, Frank Sanders, wins Johnny over by changing his cell mate and giving him a chance to work in the prison gardens. Here, he meets Amy Duncan, daughter of prison guard Duncan. In an failed escaped, engineered from the outside by Rico, who is killed, one of Rico's men confesses that Johnny is innocent. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Dramatic Story of a Prison Mutiny

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29 January 1943 (USA)  »

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Standard Monogram fare
21 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

Johnny Gray is a socialite with a bad attitude and finds himself in trouble with the law for minor selfish offences before finally getting framed for a robbery. In prison his outlook becomes bitter, and he plots an escape with other inmates while learning lessons of life from a convict on death row and a benevolent guard.

It unfolds like any other Monogram picture with stiff acting from some of the cast along the way. It's not bad if you enjoy straightforward B-movie crime dramas. The cinematography is about as simple as it gets.

It's not for everybody, but if you like Monogram crime movies it's what you are looking for.


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