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The Public Defender (1931)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 1 August 1931 (USA)
Rich playboy Pike Winslow dons the mantle of 'The Reckoner', a mysterious avenger, when he learns that his lady friend Barbara Gerry's father has been framed in a bank embezzlement scandal.... See full summary »

Director:

J. Walter Ruben

Writers:

George Goodchild (by), Bernard Schubert (adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Dix ... Pike Winslow
Shirley Grey ... Barbara Gerry
Purnell Pratt ... John Kirk
Ruth Weston ... Rose Harmer
Edmund Breese ... Frank Wells
Frank Sheridan ... Charles Harmer
Alan Roscoe ... Police Inspector Malcolm O'Neill
Boris Karloff ... The Professor
Nella Walker ... Aunt Matilda
Paul Hurst ... Doc
Carl Gerard ... Cyrus Pringle
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Detective Brady (as Robert Emmet O'Connor)
Phillips Smalley ... Thomas Drake (as Phillip Smalley)
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Rich playboy Pike Winslow dons the mantle of 'The Reckoner', a mysterious avenger, when he learns that his lady friend Barbara Gerry's father has been framed in a bank embezzlement scandal. Using meticulous planning and split-second timing, Pike, along with his associates, the erudite 'Professor' and tough-guy scrapper 'Doc', attempt to find proof that will clear Gerry and identify the real culprits. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Trivia

Little Daddy (1931) and a Toby the Pup cartoon played before this film in some venues during it's original release. See more »

Goofs

When the reporter visits the inspector's office for info about the robbery, it is night. The newspapers with the report are printed and distributed in daylight. The following night, dialog at the party refers to the robbery happening the same night as the party instead of the previous night. See more »

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Great "b" mystery with a great plot and cast!!
28 October 2005 | by buckcodySee all my reviews

This is a great early pic from RKO and one of the best! Picture the team of Richard Dix, Paul Hurst, and Boris Karloff as good guys?! They are out to clear the father of Dix's childhood sweetheart who they feel was wrongly accused of some crimes! Dix is great as the crusading hero who goes out of his way to offer his aide to the lovely Shirley Grey. There is plenty of action and mystery as the police try to catch the mysterious figure known as "The Reckoner"!. A mysterious figure who is committing some robberies and is stealing some strange items. This is sort of an early Green Hornet and Shadow type character. You will enjoy the fine performance by Dix. He has some great scenes and some great facial expressions! It was a pleasure to see the trio working together in this film and the ventures they get into! I would recommend this film to all "B" movie and mystery film buffs!! The direction is excellent and we see a great supporting cast with some fine performances also! Get a copy and sit and relax and enjoy this fine early classic!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Million Dollar Swindle See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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