Disbarred


58m 1939

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 20, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
58m
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Synopsis

Vice investigator Curron is killed in his garage when a bomb detonates, a crime arranged by racketeer G. L. "Mardy" Mardeen. The evidence Curron had gathered is burned by Mardy's lawyer, Tyler Cradon. Because of suspicions surrounding Cradon, he is disbarred, a punishment he regards lightly, as his crimes merit much worse. After Cradon flies off for a Western vacation, his airplane lands in the town of Glenby for repairs. The town is in the throes of a murder trial, and Cradon is impressed with the successful defense lawyer, Joan Carroll. Introducing himself as Jim Thomas, he has her set up in the law office of his former associate, Roberts, who is there to become the "mouthpiece" for their crooked clients. Soon Joan begins to worry about all the criminals she has helped to acquit and doubts such coached witnesses as Miss Rita La Rue. Meanwhile, Mardy tries to take over Cradon's new operation. Assistant District Attorney Bradley Kent, who is attracted to Joan but is always her adversary in court, asks her out and urges her to give up the law. Cradon makes the same suggestion, and asks her to marry him even though he does not love her. Joan rejects the two men on both requests, but does leave Roberts' firm to join the District Attorney's office. Realizing that his men who are coming up for trial are in danger, Mardy first tries to blackmail Cradon, then goes to the District Attorney but is shot by Cradon before making a deal. Joan visits Cradon to ask if Roberts might be a criminal, and overhears a conversation revealing the true state of affairs. The District Attorney arrives and arrests Cradon, Roberts, and the gang, then leads Kent and Joan toward the marriage license bureau.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 20, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
58m
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

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Notes

Immediately following the film's opening credits is a foreword containing a statement by FBI Chief J. Edgar Hoover, in which he asserts that crooked lawyers deserve the same punishment as their clients. The character of "Tyler Craden" (as it was later spelled) appeared in Paramount's 1940 picture Parole Fixer, this time played by Paul McGrath .