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Circumstantial Evidence (1935)

Circumstantial Evidence (1935)





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In this film, pugnacious family man Joe Reynolds threatens violence to an unlikeable storekeeper. When the latter is killed, Joe is arrested for murder. Thanks to circumstantial evidence and faulty eyewitness accounts, Joe is sentenced to death. However, an old family friend decides to prove Joe's innocence.


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
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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
Steve Miller

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