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Outside the Law (1930)

Fingers is planning a half-million-dollar bank robbery in gang boss Cobra Collins' territory. Fingers' moll Connie tries to bluff Cobra into thinking the hit won't be for another week when the call comes through saying it's now.

Director:

Tod Browning

Writers:

Tod Browning (story), Garrett Fort (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mary Nolan ... Connie Madden
Edward G. Robinson ... Cobra Collins
Owen Moore ... Harry 'Fingers' O'Dell
Rockliffe Fellowes ... Police Captain Fred O'Reilly
Delmar Watson ... The Kid
Eddie Sturgis Eddie Sturgis ... Jake
John George ... Humpy
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Fingers is planning a half-million-dollar bank robbery in gang boss Cobra Collins' territory. Fingers' moll Connie tries to bluff Cobra into thinking the hit won't be for another week when the call comes through saying it's now.

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the most powerfully thrilling underworld melodrama of all

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sirenen um Mitternacht See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films 1921-1930 erroneously credits Frank Burke with the role of the District Attorney; Frederick Burt plays the role. See more »


Soundtracks

Grand Appassionato
(uncredited)
Music by Giuseppe Becce
[main title music]
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A Chance Film Encounter in the late 1970s
18 December 2004 | by theowinthropSee all my reviews

Around 1979 or so I was in MOMA and decided to look at the film collection. They had two movies that day that I saw. One was a silent film entitled THE FIELD OF HONOR starring Allan Holubar, a prominent early actor/director/producer. That was a silent film set in the Civil War. Then there was this movie. It was not a great film, but I was curious to see it because Robinson was in it. It is not one of Robinson's best films so it is rarely revived (I don't even think it has been shown on TCM or AMC or Channel 13. The interesting thing is that Owen Moore is the hero and Mary Nolan the heroine. They are "good criminals" as opposed to Robinson who is a violent boss - thug. This was made before the full effect of the movie code, the "Hays Office", the Catholic Legion of Decency, etc. was felt, so that at the end despite the arrest of Moore and Nolan (Robinson gets bumped off), you feel the jury is going to be easy on them - however, the final verdict is not heard by the movie audience. Aside from Robinson, only Louise Beavers (a few years before her great performance in the original IMITATION OF LIFE) and Rockliffe Fellows are recalled - Fellows because he played the criminal Alky Briggs, who engineers the kidnapping of Zeppo's girlfriend in the Marx Brothers film MONKEY BUSINESS. Nolan has a choice moment (again, before the full effect of movie code censorship occurred) when she is forcibly grabbed by the slimy Robinson, and she rubs the spot with her hand as though she is using the world's heaviest piece of steel wool on the spot. Robinson is enjoying the moment. It is like a companion to his moment in the more memorable KEY LARGO when he is seen whispering something sordid to Lauren Bacall. We never hear it, but his facial look is so disgustingly suggestive we love watching her haul off and slap his face at the end of the moment. In that case, though, Robinson did not like the result of the moment.


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