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20 February 1947 (USA) See more »
There's A Law Against A Woman Like Her!
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  (in credits order)

Dennis O'Keefe ... Steve Bennett

Adolphe Menjou ... Craig Warren

Marguerite Chapman ... Marcia Manning

Michael O'Shea ... Harrington

George Coulouris ... James Randolph
Jeff Donnell ... Miss Miller
Steven Geray ... Berotti

Ralph Morgan ... Ed Jamison
John Kellogg ... Franzen
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Doris Houck ... Secretary (as Doris Colleen)
Larry Arnold ... Club Patron (uncredited)

Al Bain ... Mug (uncredited)
Robert Barron ... Leader of Gang (uncredited)
Joan Blair ... Mrs. Marsden (uncredited)
Willie Bloom ... Mug (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Mr. James (uncredited)
Bruce Cameron ... Guard (uncredited)
Steve Carruthers ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Noble 'Kid' Chissell ... Mug (uncredited)
Cliff Clark ... Police Captain Lambert (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Maitre D' (uncredited)
Frank Dae ... Judge (uncredited)

Johnny Duncan ... Newsboy (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Rudy Germane ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Jack Gordon ... Mug (uncredited)
Ralf Harolde ... Mr. Marsden (uncredited)
Lars Hensen ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Holmes Herbert ... Gallentyne (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Hood (uncredited)
Ernest Hilliard ... Businessman (uncredited)

Jimmie Horan ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Esther Howard ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Fred Howard ... Doctor (uncredited)
Boyd Irwin ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jerry Jerome ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Reporter (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Executive (uncredited)
George Lloyd ... Bartender (uncredited)
Charles Marsh ... Ambulance Driver (uncredited)
Clyde McLeod ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Charles McQuary ... Bailiff (uncredited)

Forbes Murray ... Judge (uncredited)
Howard Negley ... Detective (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Waiter (uncredited)
Bob Reeves ... Detective (uncredited)

Frank Reicher ... Peter Lantz (uncredited)
Clark Ross ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Gene Roth ... Doorman (uncredited)
Jerry Rush ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Cy Schindell ... Truck Driver (uncredited)
Arthur Space ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Ted Stanhope ... Maitre d' (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Charles Trowbridge ... Longfield (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Attorney Harper (uncredited)
Lillian Wells ... Switchboard Operator (uncredited)

Blackie Whiteford ... Mug (uncredited)

Frank Wilcox ... Defense Attorney (uncredited)
Robert Williams ... Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert B. Sinclair 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ian McLellan Hunter 
Phillips Lord  radio series (as Phillips H. Lord)
Ben Markson  adaptation
Sidney Marshall  story

Produced by
Samuel Bischoff .... producer
Original Music by
Herschel Burke Gilbert  (as Herschel Gilbert)
Cinematography by
Bert Glennon 
Henry Freulich (uncredited)
Film Editing by
William A. Lyon  (as William Lyon)
Art Direction by
George Brooks 
Stephen Goosson 
Set Decoration by
Earl Teass 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Nicholson .... assistant director
Sound Department
Jack A. Goodrich .... sound (as Jack Goodrich)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ned Scott .... still photographer
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
Walter Sheets .... orchestrator (uncredited)

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USA:81 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)


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Lively Little Programmer, 28 November 2011
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

A young assistant DA gets mixed up with an unscrupulous woman and her criminally connected husband.

On the whole, the movie is a rather pleasant surprise, thanks to a lively cast and an edgy script. From the unpromising title, I expected a replay of the radio series that was nothing special. Instead, however, the movie plays more like a 40's noir than a legal documentary.

The story's crux revolves around Marcia's (Chapman) ruthless manipulations, and Chapman is excellent as the designing spider woman. As a result of the clever script and adept acting, it's hard to detect Marcia's true intentions. That leaves us in the same position as her paramour, the befuddled Steve (O'Keefe). But, Steve's none too ethical himself since he hires out to crooked businessman Randolph (Coulouris), after leaving the DA's office. Together, Marcia and Steve make a good tarnished pair, well suited to noir.

It's a dynamic Adolph Menjou as the truculent DA, however, who makes the film work. Thanks to actor Menjou, we understand why Steve has a love-hate relationship with his boss. As a result, Steve's basic dilemma revolves around which he will follow—the DA and his profession or Marcia and her allure. Fortunately, if things get too heavy, the lively Harrington (O'Shea) is around with his well-scripted quips.

Despite its assets, the film's far from a classic, but does remain a lively little programmer thanks to a large dose of Hollywood professionalism.

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