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Inside the Law (1942)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 8 May 1942 (USA)
A gang of small-time confidence-type crooks, led by the elderly Pop (Lafe McKee) and Mom Cobb (Rose Plumer), have just completed a small scam when a wallet found on a drunk gives them a ... See full summary »

Director:

Hamilton MacFadden

Writer:

Jack Natteford (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Wallace Ford ... Billy
Frank Sully ... Jim Burke
Harry Holman ... Judge Mortimer Gibbs
Luana Walters ... Dora Mason
Lafe McKee ... Pop Cobb (as Lafayette McKee)
Barton Hepburn Barton Hepburn ... Paul Kane
Danny Duncan Danny Duncan ... Peter Clifford
Earle Hodgins ... Police Chief
Rose Plumer Rose Plumer ... Mom Cobb
Robert Frazer ... Bank Official
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A gang of small-time confidence-type crooks, led by the elderly Pop (Lafe McKee) and Mom Cobb (Rose Plumer), have just completed a small scam when a wallet found on a drunk gives them a big-time opportunity; it contains an appointment as a cashier in the Walnut Park bank. They put a member in the bank intending to escape with the deposits at the end of the week. To complete the pose, they attend Sunday church services and decide to go straight. When one of the group decides to run out with the money, they catch up with him at the border and return to the town as heroes. They all decide for a life of rural domesticity. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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JUST A SMOOTHIE...AND WHAT A WAY WITH WOMEN AND CROOKS! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1942 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecast of this film occurred Monday 14 January 1946 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). In Detroit it first aired Wednesday 6 April 1949 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in Cincinnati Tuesday 31 May 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11), in Chicago Wednesday 31 August 1949 on WGN (Channel 9), and in Los Angeles Thursday 16 March 1950 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »

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Referenced in Blonde Goddess (1982) See more »

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Pure PRC
3 March 2014 | by MikeMagiSee all my reviews

Back in the 30s and 40s, there were movie houses that couldn't compete with the theaters that played what Warner Bros., MGM and other major studios churned out. Fortunately, there was Poverty Row's primary tenant, Monogram, and even deeper in the doldrums, Producers Releasing Corporation. "Inside the Law" is a classic example of a PRC release -- shot in less than a week, including long car chases to occupy running time, with a cast headed by a likable grade-B leading man, Wallace Ford, who was transitioning to the next stage in his career as a grizzled character actor. Oddly enough, it's entertaining. The script, about a gang of thieves who wind up running a small town bank and decide to go straight has enough holes to drive an old Ford roadster through. But a remarkably adroit cast plays it with breezy bonhomie. And there are even a few amusing surprises -- like the opening brawl at an auction house. It's worth watching despite the slam-cut ending which suggests that the film's final clinch may have been the victim of the decay that too often eroded nitrate film.


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