6.3/10
182
7 user 4 critic

This Side of the Law (1950)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery | 17 June 1950 (USA)
David Cummings, a vagrant, is bailed out of jail by Philip Cagle, an attorney, who hires him to impersonate a missing millionaire, whose presence is necessary in order to distribute a ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard L. Bare (as Richard Bare)

Writers:

Richard Sale (story), Russell S. Hughes (screenplay)
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

After nearly running over him with her cab, Patty Mitchell picks up a fare who claims to have amnesia. As he fumbles to remember the basic facts of his identity, Patty becomes interested in... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: Tom Conway, Ann Rutherford, Richard Lane
Flaxy Martin (1949)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Unscrupulous showgirl Flaxy Martin involves young attorney Walter Colby with mobster Hap Richie. A girl is murdered, with the evidence pointing to Flaxy, and Colby takes the rap and gets a ... See full summary »

Director: Richard L. Bare
Stars: Virginia Mayo, Zachary Scott, Dorothy Malone
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Sugiani, a black-market racketeer in London, following World War II, is amassing a vast fortune until Linda Medbury, an American newspaper reporter, learns about him and his operation. She ... See full summary »

Director: Edmond T. Gréville
Stars: Carole Landis, Joseph Calleia, Derek Farr
Liebestraum (1991)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The successful writer and professor of architecture Nick Kaminsky returns from New York to Elderstown to visit his biological mother Lillian Anderson Munnsen that is terminal. Nick does not... See full summary »

Director: Mike Figgis
Stars: Kevin Anderson, Bill Pullman, Kim Novak
Drama | Music | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Danny is a content truck driver, but his girl Peggy shows potential as a dancer and hopes he too can show ambition. Danny acquiesces and pursues boxing to please her, but the two begin to spend more time working than time together.

Directors: Anatole Litvak, Jean Negulesco
Stars: James Cagney, Ann Sheridan, Frank Craven
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A deranged man kidnaps the nubile daughter of a police captain.

Director: Frank Tuttle
Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Brian Donlevy, Natalie Wood
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

During the 1950s Hollywood, an independent producer unwisely opens an old can of worms when he decides to make a movie about the 1930s unsolved murder of a famous silent-film director.

Director: William Castle
Stars: Richard Conte, Julie Adams, Richard Egan
Rope of Sand (1949)
Adventure | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A man abused by a sadistic mining company cop before he could tell where on their desert property he'd found diamonds decides to steal them instead.

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Wrongly accused of killing a bar-girl he was seen with earlier, a Korean War vet flees from the police in the company of a woman photographer and her young female model.

Director: Nathan Juran
Stars: Richard Conte, Joan Bennett, Wanda Hendrix
Inside Job (1946)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A pair of married ex-convicts trying to go straight get jobs at a department store. A gangster who knows about their past threatens to expose it unless they agree to help him rob the department store.

Director: Jean Yarbrough
Stars: Preston Foster, Ann Rutherford, Alan Curtis
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

John Blandish is worth $100 million. His heiress daughter is soon to be wed to Foster Harvey, who believes she's a cold, unfeeling woman, despite loving her. Her cold emotional state is in ... See full summary »

Director: St. John Legh Clowes
Stars: Jack La Rue, Hugh McDermott, Linden Travers
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Dave Joslin, the managing editor of a big-city newspaper, is demoted and moved to the Miss Lonely Hearts column-writing department by the newspaper's publisher, J. B. Grennell, because ... See full summary »

Director: Richard L. Bare
Stars: Wayne Morris, Janis Paige, Bruce Bennett
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Viveca Lindfors ... Evelyn Taylor
Kent Smith ... David Cummins
Janis Paige ... Nadine Taylor
Robert Douglas ... Philip Cagle
John Alvin ... Calder Taylor
Monte Blue ... The Sheriff
Frances Morris ... Miss Roberts
Nita Talbot ... Miss Goff
Edit

Storyline

David Cummings, a vagrant, is bailed out of jail by Philip Cagle, an attorney, who hires him to impersonate a missing millionaire, whose presence is necessary in order to distribute a $3,000,000 estate. Cummings' masquerade involves fooling the missing man's wife, his brother and the brother's wife. Cagle, desiring to be rid of Cummings, sets actions in play which ends in murder, attempted murder and the entombment of Cummings. Can he dig his way out and set things right? Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

He's coming back - the man they thought they double-crossed to death! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deadlock See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Completed in 1948, but not released until 1950. See more »

Goofs

At the bottom of the cliff, the sheriff's dialogue clearly does not match his mouth. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
pretty good black & white thriller
8 April 2013 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

At the beginning, a narrator speaks as we are shown a residence and the dog named "Angel" that guards it. The viewer is shown the top of a cistern, with "David" the narrator (played by Kent Smith) at the bottom of the cistern. Here's the flashback to tell his story...

When David is picked up for vagrancy, someone pays his fine, and has a proposition for him: He is to pretend to be a millionaire, who had disappeared several years prior. Even the millionaire's wife can't tell he is an impostor, but things start to go wrong. The man he is impersonating wasn't very well liked, and David must find out why. Viveca Lindfors gets top billing as "the wife", but it's Janis Paige as the sister- in-law who (rightfully) steals the show. Watch for Monte Blue as the Sheriff. The acting isn't anything special, but the story is mildly compelling, and since we know right from the start that David ends up in the well, we get hooked on finding out how he ends up there.

Written by Richard Sale, who had several novels and screenplays made into films. This one IS available on DVD, although you can catch it on Turner Classic Channel about once a year. Directed by Richard Bare, who wrote a book on the proper technique on film directing.


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed