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Disbarred (1939)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 6 January 1939 (USA)
The Bar Association disbars attorney Tyler Cradon when it appears he was implicated in the murder of a prominent vice crusader. Cradon, not wishing to be without an income,is impressed by ... See full summary »


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Lillie Hayward (screenplay), Robert Presnell Sr. (screenplay) (as Robert R. Presnell) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Gail Patrick ... Joan Carroll
Robert Preston ... Bradley Kent
Otto Kruger ... Tyler Craden
Sidney Toler ... G.L. 'Mardy' Mardeen
Helen MacKellar ... Abbey Tennant
Virginia Dabney ... Miss Gita LaRue
Eddie Marr ... Harp Harrigan (as Edward Marr)
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... Jackson
Clay Clement ... Attorney Roberts
Frank M. Thomas ... Dist. Atty. G.H. Blanchard
John Hart ... First Reporter
Harry Worth ... Second Reporter
Virginia Vale ... Airline Stewardess (as Dorothy Howe)


The Bar Association disbars attorney Tyler Cradon when it appears he was implicated in the murder of a prominent vice crusader. Cradon, not wishing to be without an income,is impressed by the way Joan Carroll handled a small-town murder, poses as a real estate agent and offers to get her into a law firm of a friend of his. Placed in the office of Roberts, running a front for Cradon, Joan is taught every trick of the trade. With her cases all prepared for her, she goes from one courtroom victory to another, soon becoming the darling of the underworld and the despair of all law-enforcing authorities. Her performances impress the young assistant district attorney, Bradley Kent, and they begin a budding romance in spite of the fact that Kent criticizes her connections. But when Roberts asks her to defend a notorious racketeer who has murdered a policeman, she realizes that Kent was right and immediately joins the district attorney's office as a deputy. Learning that the authorities are on... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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He's America's crooked mouthpiece No. 1!


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its initial television presentations took place in Omaha Friday 9 January 1959 on KETV (Channel 7) and in Chicago Monday 12 January 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2). A year later it was once again taken out of the vault and enjoyed its first airings in Philadelphia 17 January 1960 on WCAU (Channel 10), in San Francisco 7 February 1960 on KPIX (Channel 5), in Toledo 26 March 1960 on WTOL (Channel 11), in Johnstown 8 August 1960 on WJAC (Channel 6), and in Los Angeles 14 November 1960 on KNXT (Channel 2). See more »

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A Good Cast With A Poor Script
13 February 2020 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Otto Kruger is a criminal defense attorney who has just been disbarred for being caught doing all the things he shouldn't. He bids gangster Sidney Toler goodbye and flies off to be a rich gentleman of leisure. However, his plane is forced down in a small city. There he sees novice lawyer Gail Russell get a man off and comes up with a plan. He'll set up his own mob and use Miss Russell as a front, lawyering to get his gangsters out of prison, doing all the jury tampering, false witnesses and so forth without telling her. ADA Robert Preston is convinced she's honest, but smells a dead fish somewhere.

It's an uninspiringly written script by Lillie Hayward and Robert Presnell Sr., but it's been given the imprimatur of J. Edgar Hoover, claiming that it's bad lawyers who are ruining the country. I say it's dull scripts, with not one witty line nor character that varies noticeably from a stereotype, for whom we are supposed to cheer. Kruger's suave rotter is all right, but Miss Russell's smart lawyer who can't figure anything out is a waste of celluloid.

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6 January 1939 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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