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Criminal Lawyer (1937)

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72 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Barry Brandon, a criminal lawyer, visits the night club of Denny Larkin, his primary client, with Betty Walker, a spoiled society girl. The police raid the club and Brandon pleads that the whole group is guilty, just to get even with ...See moreBarry Brandon, a criminal lawyer, visits the night club of Denny Larkin, his primary client, with Betty Walker, a spoiled society girl. The police raid the club and Brandon pleads that the whole group is guilty, just to get even with Larkin for a rebuke. On the same night in court, Madge Carter is on trial for disorderly conduct, and Brandon volunteers to defend her, and proves the case against her if a frame-up. Finding that she is penniless, Brandon hires her as his secretary, and falls in love with her. Brandon is appointed district attorney and has ambitions of becoming the state governor. Having dinner at Betty's home, she maneuvers him, while he is drunk, into marrying her. Later, Madge is a witness when Larkin shoots down a fellow gangster. By threatening Brandon's life, he forces her to commit perjury at his trial, and say he fired in self-defense. Brandon, the prosecuting attorney (who has had his marriage to Betty annulled) knows she is lying but doesn't know why. Written by Les Adams See less
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Writers
G.V. Atwater (screen play) | Thomas Lennon (screen play) | Louis Stevens (from a story by)
Cinematographer
David Abel (photographed by)
Editor
Jack Hively (edited by)
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Updated Jan 26, 1937

Release date
Jan 29, 1937 (United States)

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33 cast members
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Lee Tracy
Brandon Brandon   See fewer
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Margot Grahame
Madge Carter Madge Carter   See fewer
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Erik Rhodes
Bandini Bandini   See fewer
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Betty Lawford
Betty Walker Betty Walker   See fewer
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Frank M. Thomas
William Walker William Walker   See fewer
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Wilfred Lucas
Brandon's Assistant Brandon's Assistant   See fewer
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William Stack
District Attorney Hopkins District Attorney Hopkins   See fewer
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Hooper Atchley
Night Court Bailiff (uncredited) Night Court Bailiff (uncredited)   See fewer
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Brooks Benedict
Larkin's Henchman Giving Him a Gun (uncredited) Larkin's Henchman Giving Him a Gun (uncredited)   See fewer
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Willie Best
Janitor (uncredited) Janitor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sidney Bracey
Wilson - Walker's Butler (uncredited) Wilson - Walker's Butler (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lita Chevret
Nora James (uncredited) Nora James (uncredited)   See fewer
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Wallis Clark
Judge - Nora James' Trial (uncredited) Judge - Nora James' Trial (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jerry Fletcher
Reporter in Courtroom (uncredited) Reporter in Courtroom (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gladden James
Larkin's Henchman Telling of D.A.'s Men (uncredited) Larkin's Henchman Telling of D.A.'s Men (uncredited)   See fewer
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Maxine Jennings
District Attorney's Secretary (uncredited) District Attorney's Secretary (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Lane
Nora's Attorney (uncredited) Nora's Attorney (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Marston
Prosecuting Attorney at First Trial (uncredited) Prosecuting Attorney at First Trial (uncredited)   See fewer
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Francis McDonald
Jack 'Fingy' Doremus (uncredited) Jack 'Fingy' Doremus (uncredited)   See fewer
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Claire McDowell
Night Court Judge (uncredited) Night Court Judge (uncredited)   See fewer
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William H. O'Brien
Bartender at Larkin's (uncredited) Bartender at Larkin's (uncredited)   See fewer
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Aileen Pringle
Mrs. Manning (uncredited) Mrs. Manning (uncredited)   See fewer
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Cyril Ring
Extra at Larkin's Nightclub (uncredited) Extra at Larkin's Nightclub (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Shelton
Hopkins' Secretary (uncredited) Hopkins' Secretary (uncredited)   See fewer
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Kenneth Thomson
First Trial Witness (uncredited) First Trial Witness (uncredited)   See fewer
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Guy Usher
Police Lieutenant Conducting Raid (uncredited) Police Lieutenant Conducting Raid (uncredited)   See fewer
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Theodore von Eltz
Larkin's Attorney (uncredited) Larkin's Attorney (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ethel Wales
Homely-looking Party Guest (uncredited) Homely-looking Party Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
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William A. Williams
Actor (uncredited) Actor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harry Woods
Police Inspector Burke (uncredited) Police Inspector Burke (uncredited)   See fewer
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William Worthington
Party Guest (uncredited) Party Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
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Otto Yamaoka
Mitzu - Brandon's House Boy (uncredited) Mitzu - Brandon's House Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
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5.8 / 10 | 144 votes