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Cross Examination (1932) / Defenders of The Law (1931) (Law & Order Double Feature)

A brilliant attorney must refute damning evidence that would convict a young boy of murdering his father. / Corrupt city officials assist mobsters in theit bid to control the city.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 1 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1931
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • (unspecified) English

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Description by OLDIES.com:

Cross Examination (1932, B&W): Wealthy Emory Wells is shot to death in his mansion. The prime suspect, David Wells, who was overheard arguing with Emory just before the shooting, is arrested for murder. In the sensational trial that follows, it becomes evident that David is hiding something from the court. His refusal to answer questions under oath threatens to send him to the gallows.

Prolific writer-director Richard Thorpe brought this gripping courtroom drama to the screen in 1932. Already a veteran film-maker with scores of silent films to his credit, Thorpe went on to direct many classics, including The Adventures of Huck Finn (1939), Tarzan Finds a Son (1939), Tarzan's New York Adventure (1942), Ivanhoe (1952) and Jailhouse Rock (1957).

Defenders of the Law (1931, B&W): East coast mob boss Joe Velet flies to Los Angeles, scheming to cut in on local gangland operations. Standing in his way is an old army buddy who took the high road after leaving the service - Police Captain Bill Houston. Velet also underestimates the opposition from the West Coast syndicate. He and his thugs are soon besieged by both cops and crooks, all determined to stop him. In desperation, Velet kidnaps the daughter of the police commissioner. Hoping to bargain his way to safety, the gangster instead triggers a deadly firestorm.Mae Busch, who appears here as an undercover policewoman, was already well known for playing Oliver Hardy's shrewish wife in several films, and had a well-deserved reputation for her skill in "crockery throwing."

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Thriller | Vintage

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Rating 4.0 Law and Order!! Movie Lover: from BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND AU -- July, 26, 2014

"Cross Examination" has a format that was
new when "Thru Different Eyes" was made
in 1929 but was getting a bit tired by 1932.
Centred on the trial of the murder of a pretty
cantankerous old man. Everyone had a reason
to wish him ill and as each witness takes the
stand the film flashbacks to show their side
of the story. H.B. Warner is the actor to
watch, playing an attorney who has
to prove that the murdered man's son (Donald
Dillaway) is not the killer - even though just
before his death the kind father left him $1
in his will!! Sally Blane as "the girl" doesn't
have much to do!!
"Defenders of the Law" had the novelty of
setting a tough gangster yarn in L.A. instead
of New York. Gangster Joe Velet has come
West to try to take over the rackets but
when he comes face to face with the constable
who is determined to bring him in he finds it
is his old army buddy. This could have been
an interesting movie on what makes a criminal
but at just under an hour, there is no time
for any intellectual moralizing.


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  • UPC: 089218569691
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