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Corruption (1933)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 19 June 1933 (USA)
A young lawyer is elected mayor of the city and promises to rid it of the corruption it's famous for. The problem is that most of the corruption he's vowed to eliminate is caused by the crooked political machine that helped elect him.


Charles E. Roberts (as C. Edward Roberts)


Charles E. Roberts (original story) (as C. Edward Roberts), Charles E. Roberts (screenplay) (as C. Edward Roberts)


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Cast overview:
Evalyn Knapp ... Ellen Manning
Preston Foster ... Tim Butler (as Preston S. Foster)
Charles Delaney ... Charlie Jasper
Tully Marshall ... Gorman
Warner Richmond ... Regan
Huntley Gordon ... District Attorney Blake
Lane Chandler ... Assistant District Attorney King
Natalie Moorhead ... Sylvia Gorman
Mischa Auer ... Volkov
Jason Robards Sr. ... Police Commissioner (as Jason Robards)
Gwen Lee ... Mae
Sidney Bracey ... Dr. Robbins
Kit Guard ... Pat
Fred Kohler Jr. ... Bud
Nick Thompson ... Tony


A crusading young politician is running for mayor on a program of cleaning up the graft-ridden politics of a big city. However, all of his opponent are mysteriously being shot to death, which does him no good, and the coroner can't even find the bullets in the bodies of the dead men. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Preston Foster Gives The Machine The Finger
23 February 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Young attorney Preston Foster has made a name for himself. Political boss H.B. Warner runs him for mayor and he wins; he's also engaged to Warner's daughter, Natalie Moorhead. However Foster is not interested in business as usual, so he is framed in a sex scandal and thrown out of office. He's also framed for the murder of party strongarm Warner Richmond. The only one who stands by him is loyal secretary Evalyn Knapp.

Miss Knapp was born in 1906. By 1929 she was appearing in short subjects, and her feature debut in SINNER'S HOLIDAY boded well for her career. By 1933, however, her career wason the downslide, with work in serials and B movies. Despite a fine screen presence and delivery, her career never recovered. By the early 1940s she was reduced to bits in major movies. She retired in 1942 to become one of Tinseltown's leading yachtswomen. She was married for more than forty years and died in 1981, less than a week shy of her 75th birthday.

Despite a strong cast and a good first half -- watch until this one provides its PreCode credentials by having a cast member give another the finger -- the second half slides into a silly B-movie conclusion. Even so, it remains watchable to the end.

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19 June 1933 (USA) See more »

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City Hall See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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