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Circumstantial Evidence (1935)

Circumstantial Evidence (1935)

Circumstantial Evidence





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A couple of idealistic reporters attempt to unmask an unfair system in this topical melodrama from poverty row company Chesterfield. Witnessing a man convicted of murder purely on circumstantial evidence, reporters Jim Baldwin (Chick Chandler and Spike Horton (Lee Moran) decide to demonstrate how uncivilized the system is by faking a murder of their own. But when the "victim," fellow newspaperman Fred Stevens (Arthur Vinton), turns up very much the worse for wear -- dead in fact -- Jim is found guilty on circumstantial evidence and condemned to death. He manages to escape and hunt down the real killer who, it turns out, had good reason for murder. Circumstantial Evidence, which was produced in the wake of the conviction of accused Lindbergh baby-killer Bruno Hauptmann, was based on a story by silent screen director Tom Terriss.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Robert Metzler, Samuel Ornitz, Ewart Adamson
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On DVD: Mar 1, 2005
20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Chick Chandler
as James Richard 'Jim' ...
Shirley Grey
as Adrienne Grey
Arthur Vinton
as Fred Stevens
Claude King
as Ralph Winters
Dorothy Revier
as Bernice Winters
Lloyd Nolan
as Sam Lord
Michael O'Shea
as Joe Reynolds
Trudy Marshall
as Agnes Hannon
Reed Hadley
as Prosecutor
Billy Cummings
as Pat Reynolds
Ruth Ford
as Mrs. Simms
Roy Roberts
as Marty Hannon
Scotty Beckett
as Freddy Hanlon
Dorothy Adams
as Bolger's wife
John Eldredge
as Judge White
John Hamilton
as Gov Hanlon
Ralph Dunn
as Cleary
Ray Teal
as Policeman
Lynn Whitney
as Kate Lord
Thomas Jackson
as Detective
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Circumstantial Evidence
Starring: Chick Chandler and Shirley Grey
Director: Charles Lamont

A reporter (Chandler) sets out to prove that circumstantial evidence is unreliable and shouldn't be used in death penalty cases by framing himself for a faked murder. When the faux victim turns out to actually be dead, the reporter's collegues race against time and the executioner to prove his innocence.

I don't mind a little message-flogging with my crime dramas, so long as the preaching takes place within an entertaining framework. Sadly, there's a little too much preaching and not enough entertaining going on in "Circumstantial Evidence."

We've got okay acting and an okay journalists-playing-detective story, but entirely too much hamfisted message-delivering for this movie to end up any good. I suppose if you were in the crowd demonstrating against the execution of "Tookie" Williams, you may view this movie as a timeless classic that is still relevant and riviting 70 years after its release. Me, I found it to be a missed opportunity and a bore.

Steve Miller

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