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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Connie Madden
... Cobra Collins
... Harry 'Fingers' O'Dell
... Police Captain Fred O'Reilly
Delmar Watson ... The Kid
Eddie Sturgis ... Jake
... 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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18 September 1930 (USA)  »

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Sirenen um Mitternacht  »

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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 »

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Remake of Outside the Law (1920) See more »

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Grand Appassionato
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Music by Giuseppe Becce
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Dress rehearsal
7 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

Before Edward G. Robinson had his career role in Little Caesar he did a few films including a couple of silent movies and in several of them played a gangster. Watching Outside The Law you think you are watching Robinson in a dress rehearsal for Little Caesar.

All the snarling all the mannerisms are there for Robinson in this film. He plays a gangland boss who likes to control all the crime action in his are and get his cut. But Owen Moore and moll Mary Nolan aren't splitting with anybody when they pull a bank job. So it's a question of whether the cops will get them or Robinson.

Nolan though she overacts considerably as did just about everyone in those early talkies. She tries to vamp Robinson, but he's as uninterested as he was in Little Caesar.

Curiously enough both Moore and Nolan were coming close to the end of their respective careers. Both were known for high living and partying away in the Roaring Twenties. They both died too young.

But Robinson was just getting started and you'll swear you are seeing Little Caesar. Had he been the main character as he was in Little Caesar this could have been the breakout role for him.

Tod Browning directed this film and it's remake of one he did ten years earlier with Lon Chaney. A real treat for fans of Eddie Robinson.


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