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Law of the Underworld (1938)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 6 May 1938 (USA)
A respected citizen with secret ties to the local mob is faced with revealing his criminal connections to save two innocent people from execution.



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Complete credited cast:
... Gene Fillmore
... Annabelle Porter
... Rocky
... Warren Rogers
... Tommy Brown
... Dorothy Palmer
... Batsy
... Police Captain Gargan
... Bill
... Eddie (as Jack Arnold)
... Johnny
... Barton


A respected citizen with secret ties to the local mob is faced with revealing his criminal connections to save two innocent people from execution. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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6 May 1938 (USA)  »

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(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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No publication of the short story, "The Lost Game," by John B. Hymer and Samuel Shipman has been found. It is, however, listed onscreen as the source of the movie. Their play, "Crime," based on the story, opened in New York City, New York, USA on 22 February 1927 and closed in August 1927 after 186 performances. It was produced by A.H. Woods and the opening night cast (with their character names) included Chester Morris (Rocky), James Rennie (Eugene), Douglass Montgomery (Tommy Brown), Sylvia Sidney (Annabelle Porter), Kay Johnson (Dorothy Palmer), Barbara Barondess and Jack La Rue. See more »


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Yours Alone
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Sung by Lee Patrick at the nightclub
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Don't get your hopes up!!
22 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

Again and again during the course of this film you might think that the movie might in fact turn out to be a reasonably good little film. However, due to really awful writing that occasionally creeps onto the screen, the overall effort is very, very poor, so don't get your hopes up with this little film.

The movie starts by showing a young couple being robbed in Central Park. It isn't surprising this happens--after all, they did a lousy job of concealing their wad of cash meant for their honeymoon. And, oddly, when a cop comes upon the robbery, the couple say nothing and don't ask for help--allowing the two crooks to continue robbing them and get away!! Even dumber is later, when the two burst into a room full of hoodlums and demand their money back at gunpoint!!! Believe it or not, this very, very naive couple only behave more stupidly throughout the course of the film.

While these two dummies seem too idiotic to believe, the rest of the actors in leading roles are pretty good---at least at first. Eduardo Cianelli is excellent as a hot-headed hood and Chester Morris is generally good as the leader of a gang. However, as the film concludes, Morris is so stupid that you wonder if hanging around this couple perhaps wore off on him--such as a stupid virus!! While parts of the film work, the bad parts are what I was left remembering. Even though I am a huge fan of classic Hollywood films, this is one I can't recommend and can never see myself seeing again. Avoid it--you'll be doing yourself a favor.

By the way, if you look carefully, you'll see that a member of the gang is a very young Jack Carson before he was a star.

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