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For the Defense(1930)

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    • Colin
    • 1/3/18

    This story (by Julius Furthman &screenplay by Oliver H.P.Garrett) ,about rich people's excuses in the American justice system was at least well crafted.Director John Cromwell however,could not overcome poor editing & a few visual (camera) issues.Perhaps its own 1930 era release,as one of the first 'talkies' is a good enough excuse?as the plot develops,it seems that beautiful Kay Francis (Irene Manners,an actress) is involved with clever & crookedly successful lawyer William Powell (William Foster) & wealthy socialite & drunk Scott Kolk (Jack De Foe).The rest of the cast is at least interesting,including George 'Gabby' Hayes (the butler) & drunk (Billy Bevan).Like in most of his movies,William Powell's intelligence dominates the proceedings,perfect for the courtroom scenes.Kay Francis is also well cast,although seemingly not well enough exploited by the camera.It's not an issue that this flick is not a good film (because of Powell & Francis),it's just that it's not a great film-as expected.

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