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Sued for Libel (1939)

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66 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

The trial of Albert Pomeroy on the charge of murdering Edward Webster,arouses interest because Webster's widow, Muriel insists Pomeroy is innocent. Meanwhile, back to radio station NYEB, owned by the Evening Bulletin, Steve Lonegan waits ...See moreThe trial of Albert Pomeroy on the charge of murdering Edward Webster,arouses interest because Webster's widow, Muriel insists Pomeroy is innocent. Meanwhile, back to radio station NYEB, owned by the Evening Bulletin, Steve Lonegan waits for a flash from Smiley Dugan so he can broadcast the verdict---But Dugan leaves and asks reporter Maggie Dugan to tip him off it something happens...and something happens when the jury comes in unexpectedly,and this jury comes in with a "Not Guilty" verdict. But fun-loving Maggie, as a gag, phones Smiley and tells him Pomeroy was found guilty, and unreliable Smiley relays this false information to Lonegan who tells a waiting world that Pomeroy was found guilty, signs off the air, locks up the station and goes home...and leaves the station wide open for a million-dollar libel suit. Lonegan and Colonel White decide that the only out from paying Pomeroy a million bucks in a libel-suit is to dig up something on Pomeroy that will force him to drop the suit, and the Colonel dispatches Lonegan out to get this done. Lonegan discovers that a former Pomeroy secretary, Stella Trent , had committed suicide three years earlier, and that a Dr. Bailer was involved. Lonegan and Maggie go to Bailer's office, and discover Bailer has been murdered.Lawyer Justin Walsh drops by the Evening Bulletin and informs Steve and Colonel White that he has just learned that Pomeroy did indeed kill Webster, and he has withdrawn as Pomeroy's attorney. He cites Widow Webster as his source of this information,although, when least heard from, Widow Webster was proclaiming that Pomeroy was innocent. Written by Les Adams See less
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Wolfe Kaufman (story) | Jerome Cady (screenplay) (as Jerry Cady)
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Updated Oct 27, 1939

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Oct 27, 1939 (United States)

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28 cast members
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Kent Taylor
Steve Lonegan Steve Lonegan   See fewer
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Linda Hayes
Maggie Shane Maggie Shane   See fewer
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Lilian Bond
Mrs. Muriel Webster Mrs. Muriel Webster   See fewer
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Morgan Conway
Albert Pomeroy Albert Pomeroy   See fewer
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Richard Lane
Smiley Dugan Smiley Dugan   See fewer
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Roger Pryor
District Attorney Willard Corbin District Attorney Willard Corbin   See fewer
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Thurston Hall
David Hastings David Hastings   See fewer
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Emory Parnell
Jerome Walsh Jerome Walsh   See fewer
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Roy Gordon
Colonel Jasper White Colonel Jasper White   See fewer
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Keye Luke
Chang Howe Chang Howe   See fewer
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Edward Earle
Judge Samuel Clark Judge Samuel Clark   See fewer
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Vinton Hayworth
Dr. James L. Bailer (as Jack Arnold) Dr. James L. Bailer (as Jack Arnold)   See fewer
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Leona Roberts
Mrs. Trent Mrs. Trent   See fewer
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Stanley Blystone
Policeman in Court (uncredited) Policeman in Court (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lynton Brent
Joey, Reporter at Trial (uncredited) Joey, Reporter at Trial (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lester Dorr
Pomeroy's Butler (uncredited) Pomeroy's Butler (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Egan
Reporter (uncredited) Reporter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Douglas Evans
Douglas Evans, Radio Announcer (uncredited) Douglas Evans, Radio Announcer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Robert Fiske
Radio Actor (uncredited) Radio Actor (uncredited)   See fewer
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William Haade
Cooper, Pomeroy's Chauffeur (uncredited) Cooper, Pomeroy's Chauffeur (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ruth Lee
Radio Actress (uncredited) Radio Actress (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harold Miller
Amateur Magicians Club Member (uncredited) Amateur Magicians Club Member (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lee Phelps
Policeman Playing Cards (uncredited) Policeman Playing Cards (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ronald R. Rondell
Magicians Club Doorman (uncredited) Magicians Club Doorman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dick Rush
Court Officer (uncredited) Court Officer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Walter Sande
Court Clerk (uncredited) Court Clerk (uncredited)   See fewer
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Solly Ward
Joe, Reporter (uncredited) Joe, Reporter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Carleton Young
Radio Actor (uncredited) Radio Actor (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.5 / 10 | 119 votes