The Taylor family has long awaited this moment. The final bequest of Malcolm Taylor, a millionaire missing nearly seven years and about to be declared dead, will go into effect and his heirs will own his Sans Souci estate. But - just like that - dreams of wealth and power slip from everyone's grasp. There, standing inside Sans Souci and very alive, is Malcolm. Kent Smith (Cat People) portrays a hard-luck vagrant and Malcolm look-alike manipulated by a shady attorney (Robert Douglas) into posing as the millionaire. Will anyone see through the ruse - the wife (Viveca Lindfors) who detested Malcolm, the brother (John Alvin), the secret lover (Janis Paige)? Mystery and murder darken the film noir doorstep in This Side of the Law.
THIS SIDE OF THE LAW stars Kent Smith as David Cummins, a man caught up in an epic subterfuge. At the behest of attorney Philip Cagle (Robert Douglas), Cummins poses as a man who has been missing for seven years and is presumed dead. Cagle insists that this deception is necessary to protect a huge estate from avaricious relatives. Cummins finds himself heir to a far-from-loving wife, a resentful brother and a seductive sister-in-law. That's right: there's much more to this than meets the eye. Top-billed Viveca Lindfors brings a bit of texture to the otherwise two-dimensional character of Cummins' "wife."
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