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Shadow of the Law (1930)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 6 June 1930 (USA)
John Nelson, a well-to-do businessman, is escorting a woman he knows as Ethel Barry to the door of her apartment suite when a man steps out of the shadows and angrily demands to know where ... See full summary »

Director:

Louis J. Gasnier (as Louis Gasnier)

Writers:

Max Marcin (play), John A. Moroso (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
William Powell ... Jim Montgomery aka John Nelson
Marion Shilling ... Edith Wentworth
Natalie Moorhead ... Ethel Barry aka Ethel George
Regis Toomey ... Tom Owens
Paul Hurst ... Pete Shore
George Irving ... Colonel Wentworth
Frederick Burt Frederick Burt ... Detective Lt. Mike Kearney
James Durkin ... Prison Warden
Richard Tucker ... Lew Durkin
Walter James Walter James ... Captain of the Guards
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Storyline

John Nelson, a well-to-do businessman, is escorting a woman he knows as Ethel Barry to the door of her apartment suite when a man steps out of the shadows and angrily demands to know where she has been. The embarrassed Nelson excuses himself and goes to his rooms in the same hotel. The woman rushes into his apartment followed by the man who met her in the hall. The man threatens her with violence and Nelson comes to her defense. In the ensuing fight, the man is knocked out of the window and falls to his death to the pavement many stories down. He is charged with the killing and his only witness that can prove self-defense for him has disappeared, and can not be found. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Two Women Want Him...One for His Money...One for His Love...And the Law Wants Him for Life! (original poster) See more »


Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Sombra da Lei See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Paramount Pictures production numbers 799 and 1254 (for West Coast and New York offices). See more »

Quotes

Detective Lt. Mike Kearney: Next time you want to get the truth from a woman, don't send money - send a cop.
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Version of The City of Silent Men (1921) See more »

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Got any weed?
3 December 2018 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Wow.......that phrase has changed its meaning. William Powell (Jim) gets arrested for the murder of some complete stranger who he starts fighting with in order to protect Natalie Moorhead (Ethel). She, however, gives him no respect and just disappears leaving Powell to receive a life sentence. He escapes from jail and pursues Moorhead. He must find her to prove his innocence.

It's a good cast although Marion Schilling's (Edith) insipid love interest doesn't merit top female billing. The story develops at a good pace and Powell is a good leading man to take you along on his journey. He has a great voice. I did have to laugh out loud when cellmate Paul Hurst (Pete) asks him if he's got any weed.


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