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Police Court (1932)

Passed | | Drama | 20 February 1932 (USA)
A once great stage and screen actor (Henry B. Walthall) has fallen from fame because of his alcoholism; his young son (Leon Janney) is determined to see his father "make good" again.

Director:

Louis King

Writers:

Stuart Anthony (scenario), Stuart Anthony (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Henry B. Walthall ... Nat Barry
Leon Janney ... Junior Barry
Lionel Belmore ... Uncle Al Furman
King Baggot ... Henry Field - Movie Director
Al St. John ... Skid
Edmund Breese ... Judge Robert Webster
Aileen Pringle ... Diana McCormick
Walter James Walter James ... Cappy Hearn
Al Bridge ... (as Alan Bridge)
Bud Osborne
Paul Panzer ... Movie Actor
Natalie Joyce Natalie Joyce ... Actress
Jack Richardson
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ... (as Fred Toones)
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A once great stage and screen actor (Henry B. Walthall) has fallen from fame because of his alcoholism; his young son (Leon Janney) is determined to see his father "make good" again.

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fame Street See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Shadow of the Gallows
31 May 2008 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Alcoholic has-been actor Henry B. Walthall (as Nathaniel "Nat" Barry) is hauled before the Hollywood "Police Court" for habitual drunkenness. Mr. Walthall is granted a reprieve, after teenage son Leon Janney (Nathaniel "Junior" Barry Jr.) pleads for mercy. Mr. Janney vows to keep Walthall off the bottle, and on screen. Janney tries to line up bit parts for his once famous father, but Walthall has trouble not only delivering lines, but also staying on the wagon.

It's great to see Walthall in a starring role, although this is a significantly more minor production than those the star appeared in during the silent era. Teen actor Janney is an unlikely, but effective co-star. The two are best in scenes on "sets", when they are actors playing actors. Henry King's lesser known brother Lewis directed "Police Court". And, King Baggot is certainly a good choice to play the movie director "Henry Field". Aileen Pringle (as Diana McCormick) and Fred Toones (as Snowflake) add femininity and racial "humor", respectively.

***** Police Court (1932) Louis King ~ Henry B. Walthall, Leon Janney, Aileen Pringle


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