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Criminal Lawyer (1937)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Drama | 29 January 1937 (USA)
Barry Brandon, a criminal lawyer, visits the night club of Denny Larkin, his primary client, with Betty Walker, a spoiled society girl. The police raid the club and Brandon pleads that the ... See full summary »

Directors:

Christy Cabanne, Edward Killy (uncredited)

Writers:

G.V. Atwater (screen play), Thomas Lennon (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lee Tracy ... Brandon
Margot Grahame ... Madge Carter
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Larkin
Erik Rhodes ... Bandini
Betty Lawford ... Betty Walker
Frank M. Thomas ... William Walker
Wilfred Lucas ... Brandon's Assistant
William Stack William Stack ... District Attorney Hopkins
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Storyline

Barry Brandon, a criminal lawyer, visits the night club of Denny Larkin, his primary client, with Betty Walker, a spoiled society girl. The police raid the club and Brandon pleads that the whole group is guilty, just to get even with Larkin for a rebuke. On the same night in court, Madge Carter is on trial for disorderly conduct, and Brandon volunteers to defend her, and proves the case against her if a frame-up. Finding that she is penniless, Brandon hires her as his secretary, and falls in love with her. Brandon is appointed district attorney and has ambitions of becoming the state governor. Having dinner at Betty's home, she maneuvers him, while he is drunk, into marrying her. Later, Madge is a witness when Larkin shoots down a fellow gangster. By threatening Brandon's life, he forces her to commit perjury at his trial, and say he fired in self-defense. Brandon, the prosecuting attorney (who has had his marriage to Betty annulled) knows she is lying but doesn't know why. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

More dangerous than the criminal he defends!(original theatre ad) See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1937 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Betty Walker: [Toasting each other after Brandon's success at a criminal trial earlier] Here's to the loopholes of the Law!
Brandon: Forget the Law. I'd rather dedicate a brief to the Southern gentleman who first concocted a Mint Julep.
Betty Walker: [laughs] If you're defending a Southern gentleman, Barry, for my money, he's not guilty.
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Connections

Remake of State's Attorney (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Tonight, Lover, Tonight
(1937)
Music by Jack Stern
Lyrics by Harry Tobias
Played on piano and sung by Erik Rhodes (uncredited) at the party
Reprised a cappella by him later
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Tracy Good, Film Bad
26 July 2001 | by Eric ChapmanSee all my reviews

What a shame that the great Lee Tracy was toiling in low rent pictures like this when he should've been a big star in his very prime at this stage in his career. There are glimpses of his motor-mouthed talent in the courtroom scenes and there is some electricity in his terse, mutually contemptuous confrontations with tight-lipped mob boss Eduardo Ciannelli, but the script is subpar and the editing (particularly during the climax) is downright dreadful. The film has no grab or soul and Tracy's moral reversal rings terribly false.


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