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For the Defense (1930)

65 min | Drama

William Powell plays William Foster, a slick attorney who stays within the law, but specializes in representing crooks and shady characters. He's adept at keeping them out of jail, winning acquittals, and having decisions reversed, thus ...See moreWilliam Powell plays William Foster, a slick attorney who stays within the law, but specializes in representing crooks and shady characters. He's adept at keeping them out of jail, winning acquittals, and having decisions reversed, thus springing criminals out of prison. He is romantically involved with dancer Irene Manners (Kay Francis), who is two-timing him, although she wants to marry him. She kills a man driving while out with her other man, Jack Defoe (Scott Kolk), who takes the blame. Unfortunately, a ring Foster had just given Irene is found at the crime scene. Foster ends up defending Jack, but when the ring is found, he thinks he is protecting Irene, so pleads guilty to jury tampering, which he had done for the first time to save Irene. After his plea, the the prosecuting DA confides that Jack would have gotten off... Written by Becie See less
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Oliver H.P. Garrett | Charles Furthman (story) (as Charles Furthmann)
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Updated Jul 19, 1930

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Jul 19, 1930 (United States)

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26 cast members
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William Powell
William B. Foster William B. Foster   See fewer
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Kay Francis
Irene Manners Irene Manners   See fewer
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Scott Kolk
Jack Defoe Jack Defoe   See fewer
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William B. Davidson
District Attorney Herbert L. Stone District Attorney Herbert L. Stone   See fewer
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Harry Walker
Miller Miller   See fewer
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James Finlayson
Parrott Parrott   See fewer
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Bertram Marburgh
Judge Evans Judge Evans   See fewer
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Ernie Adams
Eddie Withers (uncredited) Eddie Withers (uncredited)   See fewer
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Billy Bevan
Drunk (uncredited) Drunk (uncredited)   See fewer
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Allan Cavan
Jailer (uncredited) Jailer (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Cromwell
Second Reporter at Trial (uncredited) Second Reporter at Trial (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sidney D'Albrook
Speakeasy Customer (uncredited) Speakeasy Customer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mike Donlin
Snooper (uncredited) Snooper (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Elliott
Joseph McGann (uncredited) Joseph McGann (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ruth Hall
Juror (uncredited) Juror (uncredited)   See fewer
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George 'Gabby' Hayes
Ben--Waiter (uncredited) Ben--Waiter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Robert Homans
Lineup Lieutenant (uncredited) Lineup Lieutenant (uncredited)   See fewer
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Edward LeSaint
Judge at First Trial (uncredited) Judge at First Trial (uncredited)   See fewer
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William McCall
Juror (uncredited) Juror (uncredited)   See fewer
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Guy Oliver
Jury Foreman at First Trial (uncredited) Jury Foreman at First Trial (uncredited)   See fewer
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Kane Richmond
Young Man at Speakeasy (uncredited) Young Man at Speakeasy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Syd Saylor
Evening Sun Reporter (uncredited) Evening Sun Reporter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Rolfe Sedan
Juror (uncredited) Juror (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Sullivan
Charlie--Chauffeur (uncredited) Charlie--Chauffeur (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.5 / 10 | 307 votes