Let 'Em Have It


1h 36m 1935

Brief Synopsis

We follow the training and adventures of a team of young federal anti-gangster agents, Mal Stevens, Van Rensseler, and Tex Logan. After foiling a kidnap attempt on socialite Eleanor Spencer (an old flame of Van's), Mal falls for her; but they're at odds over her belief in the innocence of her chauffeur Joe Keefer (whom Mal knows was involved) and her young brother Buddy's desire to join the federal agents. This conflict climaxes with the pursuit of an Ohio bank-robbing gang.

Film Details

Also Known As
Legion of Valor, Washington Correspondent
Release Date
May 17, 1935
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Reliance Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Astor Pictures Corp.; United Artists Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 36m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Wide Range System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
12 reels

Synopsis

At the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., new federal agents are sworn in and trained. Among them is attorney Mal Stevens, who is assigned together with Van Rensseler and Tex to follow the criminal, Thompson. The trail leads to Joe Keefer, chauffeur to wealthy Buddy Spencer and his sister Eleanor, who was formerly engaged to Van. Fearing a kidnapping plot, Stevens, Van and Tex attend a Spencer society party, during which Eleanor receives a call that Buddy has been hurt. Keefer drives her to a location prearranged with the criminals, and just as they are about to abduct the unsuspecting Eleanor, the agents arrive and capture them. Despite the agents' suspicions, Eleanor insists that Keefer is innocent, even when he is sentenced for possession of a stolen pistol. She uses her influence to have Keefer released on parole and provides a farm for him and his parents. Meanwhile, Stevens and Van good-naturedly agree to compete for Eleanor's affection, and Thompson, who had been at work on a prison farm, escapes with his confederates when a getaway car drives by. A tip leads Stevens to the Carolina farm of the Keefers, where he discovers that Keefer has returned to the city and is leading a gang in a spree of violent bank robberies, determined to be a millionaire like the Spencers. Later a broken heel belonging to Lola, Keefer's moll, leads the federal agents to the gang's hideout. Buddy, who is now an agent despite his sister's wishes, finds the gang, but he is captured and killed just as Stevens and his companions enter. Some of the gang are captured, including Lola, who was left behind. Eleanor blames Stevens for Buddy's death, not knowing that Keefer was the murderer, but Van informs her of the identity of the killer on the trip back to the Justice Department. Because Keefer's photo appears on "wanted" lists across the country, he forces a doctor to give him face-altering plastic surgery, then has the doctor killed. When Lola refuses to talk, Stevens alters a photograph to show Keefer and a new girl, Milly, embracing, which prompts Lola to reveal the location of the new hideout. After removing the bandages on his head a week later, Keefer discovers that the doctor scratched his initials "JK" across his cheeks, so that the letters form hideous scars. The agents fake a call to lure the gang out of their hideout; however, in the confusion Keefer takes Stevens hostage. In the ensuing fight, Keefer is killed and Stevens is badly wounded. Finally, Van brings Eleanor to Stevens in the hospital.

Cast

Richard Arlen

Mal Stevens

Virginia Bruce

Eleanor Spencer

Alice Brady

Aunt Ethel

Bruce Cabot

Joe Keefer

Harvey Stephens

Van Rensseler

Eric Linden

Buddy Spencer

Joyce Compton

Barbara

Gordon Jones

Tex

J. Farrell Mcdonald

Mr. Keefer

Bodil Rosing

Mrs. Keefer

Paul Stanton

Department chief

Hale Hamilton

Ex-Senator Reilly

Robert E. O'connor

Police captain

Dorothy Appleby

Lola

Barbara Pepper

Milly

Matthew Betz

Thompson

Harry Woods

Big Bill

Clyde Dilson

Pete

Matty Fain

Brooklyn

Paul Fix

Sam

Donald Kirke

"Curly"

Eugene Strong

"Dude"

Christian Rub

Henkel

Eleanor Wesselhoeft

Mrs. Henkel

Wesley Barry

Walton

Ian Maclaren

Reconstructionist

George Pauncefort

Dr. Hoffman

Clarence Hummel Wilson

Reynolds

Katherine Clare Ward

Ma Harrison

Landers Stevens

Parole chairman

Sidney Bracy

Butler

Garry Owen

Ike

Frank Moran

Terry

Bob Perry

Whitey

Harrison Green

Gus

Terrance Ray

Edwards

Richard Hemingway

Fuller

William Moore

Boy detective

Jack Hatfield

Fresh college boy

Jack Mower

Chief assistant

Ben Erway

Chief clerk

Howard Hickman

Assistant chief clerk

Jerry Storm

Application clerk

Joseph King

Application clerk

Joseph Crehan

Memory test instructor

Selmer Jackson

Bertillion instructor

Hooper Atchley

Criminal record expert

Sam Godfrey

Ballistics instructor

Ben Hendricks Jr.

Marksmanship instructor

John Hale

Microscopic expert

Sherry Hall

Assistant

Earl Eby

Assistant

Patrick Cunning

Assistant

Frederick Murray

Gangster

Arthur Raymond Hill

Footman

Carl Stockdale

Forestry expert

Edward Hearn

Desk sergeant

Charles Meakin

Parole Board member

Fred Lee

Parole Board member

Lee Willard

Parole Board member

Ed Mortimer

Parole Board member

Allan Cavan

Parole Board member

Henry Herbert

Parole Board member

Julia Bejarano

Mexican woman

Lucile Robinson

Black woman

Lillian Leighton

Irish woman

Edwin Argus

Shyster

Frank Crane

Shyster

Jack Cheatham

Penitentiary guard

John Webb Dillon

Penitentiary guard

Tom London

Penitentiary guard

Joseph Girard

Warden

Shimada

Chinese house boy

Arthur Hoyt

Shoe store manager

Almeda Fowler

Nurse

Jack Richardson

Sergeant Boyle

Lee Shumway

Steel mill foreman

Tom Mcguire

Gate man

Jessie Perry

Jail matron

James T. Mack

Country storekeeper

Franklyn Parker

Mike

Carlton Griffin

Tommy

Gladden James

Bank clerk

Ernie Alexander

Gas station attendant

Monty Vandergrift

Radio police

Ed Peil

Radio police

Don Brody

Sandwich stand attendant

Arnold Gray

Federal agent

Tom Ford

Federal agent

Buddy Roosevelt

Federal agent

Lee Phelps

Federal agent

James Harrison

Federal agent

Bob Hall

Federal agent

Dale Van Sickle

Federal agent

David Horsley

Federal agent

Frank O'connor

Federal agent

Buddy Messinger

Bellboy

Eddie Chandler

Traffic cop

Alphonse Martel

Headwaiter

William Cline

Bartender

Film Details

Also Known As
Legion of Valor, Washington Correspondent
Release Date
May 17, 1935
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Reliance Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Astor Pictures Corp.; United Artists Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 36m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Wide Range System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
12 reels

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

According to Daily Variety, the film's original title was Washington Correspondent, while Film Daily reported that during production, the title had been changed to Legion of Valor. In addition, a pre-production news item in Daily Variety noted that William Rollins was working on the script, but he is not listed in the film's credits nor in reviews. According to Motion Picture Herald, Captain Don Wilkie, father of John Wilkie, Jr., also served as technical adviser. The Wilkies were connected with the United States Department of Justice for many years, and Daily Variety indicated that the elder Wilkie was also a "crime commentator" on the radio.