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Criminal Court (1946)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 20 November 1946 (USA)
A lawyer who is planning to run for District Attorney accidentally kills a gangster who owns the nightclub where the attorney's girlfriend is a singer. Although he manages to cover up his ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Wise

Writers:

Lawrence Kimble (screen play), Earl Felton (based on a story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tom Conway ... Steve Barnes
Martha O'Driscoll ... Georgia Gale
June Clayworth ... Joan Mason
Robert Armstrong ... Vic Wright - Club Circle owner
Addison Richards ... District Attorney Gordon
Pat Gleason Pat Gleason ... Joe West
Steve Brodie ... Frankie Wright - Vic's Brother
Robert Warwick ... Mr. Marquette
Phil Warren Phil Warren ... Bill Brannegan
Joe Devlin ... Clark J. 'Brownie' Brown
Lee Bonnell Lee Bonnell ... Gil Lambert - Barnes' Assistant
Robert Clarke ... Charlie - Club Circle Dance Director
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Storyline

A lawyer who is planning to run for District Attorney accidentally kills a gangster who owns the nightclub where the attorney's girlfriend is a singer. Although he manages to cover up his involvement in the crime, his girlfriend discovers the body and is subsequently charged with the murder. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Absolvida See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

She'll be coming around the Mountain
(uncredited)
Traditional, based on a Negro spiritual
Sung in the Barnes' campaign headquarters
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Despite a simple and unbelievable plot, it worked very well due to excellent writing throughout.
24 January 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Criminal Court" proves that just because a film is a B-movie (with a small budget and brief running time) that is can STILL be a heck of a good film. Due to really good writing and acting, it works and is worth your time.

The film begins with Steve Barnes running for District Attorney (Tom Conway) on a true platform to clean up the government. He and a group of his colleagues have done a lot to investigate graft--and they've finally got the evidence to make heads roll. However, a local mobster (Robert Armstrong) is not about to let his organization be brought down without a fight. And, during a confrontation between the two men, the hood draws a gun Steve and tries to kill him. Barnes is able to get the gun away from him and when it falls, it goes off--killing the gangster! This is a bit difficult to believe, I know but stick with the film. Where it all goes next kept surprising me. Time and again, little twists came that took the film in directions I hadn't anticipated--which is rare, as B-movies are often very predictable. I would say more but just don't to spoil the film.

Other reviews have mentioned this, but Conway was George Sanders' brother. Both were incredibly erudite and spoke with a glorious accent--and brought a nice sophistication to even the simplest of roles. Exciting and worth your time--this is yet another one of Conway's B performances that elevated the material to a slightly better level.


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