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Defenders of the Law (1931)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 24 May 1931 (USA)
A gang of racketeers, with the aid of a high-ranking city official has control of a big-city, and the police plant an undercover cop to gather evidence against the hoodlums - except the ... See full summary »

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(adapted from the story by), (adaptation) (as Louis Heifetz)
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... Alice Randall
... Police Captain Bill Houston
... Joe Velet aka Phil Terry
... Police Commander Randall
... Mae Ward - Undercover Policewoman
... Taroni - Gang Leader
... Kit - Velet's Chief Henchman
... The Police Chief (as Joseph Girard)
... Detecteive Tom Muldoon
... Cookie - the Photographer
... Velet Henchman
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A gang of racketeers, with the aid of a high-ranking city official has control of a big-city, and the police plant an undercover cop to gather evidence against the hoodlums - except the police keep telling the wrong person what they are up to. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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24 May 1931 (USA)  »

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A surprisingly good effort from Poverty Row!
6 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

"Defenders of the Law" (1931) is often astutely directed and it certainly has its moments. Admittedly, the comedy relief played by Al Cooke's inept photographer often strikes a jarring note of slapstick, but the main plot is cleverly scripted and often forcefully directed. John Holland gives the performance of his career as Police Captain Bill Houston, while top-billed Edmund Breese actually has a small role as the Police Commissioner, who is also the heroine's father, would you believe? The heroine is played by Catherine Dale Owen, while Mae Busch has a blink-and-you'll-miss-her role as a policewoman in disguise. The script provides us with an interesting premise, pitting an honest police captain, Holland, against a totally ruthless gangster who once saved his life! Now that is a neat switch! The gangster is supplied with top dialogue and is very charismatically played by Robert Gleckler. For the most part, this movie is well acted, involvingly directed and produced on a top Poverty Row scale.


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