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Counsel for Crime (1937)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 14 October 1937 (USA)
Law school graduate Paul Maddox, adopted son of Senator Robert Maddox, accepts an offer to join the law firm of William "Bill" Mellon, brilliant but unscrupulous criminal attorney. Mrs. ... See full summary »

Director:

John Brahm

Writers:

Harold Shumate (story), Fred Niblo Jr. (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Otto Kruger ... William Mellon
Douglass Montgomery ... Paul Maddox
Julie Bishop ... Ann McIntyre (as Jacqueline Wells)
Thurston Hall ... Sen. Maddox
Nana Bryant ... Mrs. Maddox
Gene Morgan ... Friday
Marc Lawrence ... Edwin Mitchell
Robert Warwick ... Asa Stewart
Stanley Fields ... George Evans
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Law school graduate Paul Maddox, adopted son of Senator Robert Maddox, accepts an offer to join the law firm of William "Bill" Mellon, brilliant but unscrupulous criminal attorney. Mrs. Maddox is actually Paul's real mother, although neither the Senator nor Paul know it, and Bill Mellon is his father. Yes, it is one of "those" plots. Paul is at first critical of Mellon's sharp practices, but he relents when Ann McItyre convinces him it's all within the law, a fact most law school graduates would have learned in law school. Gambler Georgie Evans comes to Mellon and tells him he has just killed Harrison, another underworld character, and insists it was in self defense. Mellon coaches Evans in how to tell his story to the police, then sends him to police headquarters to give himself up, and then assigns Paul to follow up on the case. While Evans and Paul are on separate routes to the police station, Evans stops by Harrison's and kills him under circumstances corresponding with Mellon's ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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law | police | law school | senator | probe | See All (50) »

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One Word from Him... And Five Lives Are Doomed! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Man Behind the Law See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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