Let 'em Have It (1935)





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Producer Edward Small's Let 'Em Have It is one of the best of the "Feds vs. Outlaws" film cycle of the mid-1930s, which included such similarly-titled efforts as Don't Turn 'Em Loose, Show Them No Mercy and Muss 'Em Up. Virginia Bruce stars as Eleanor Spencer, a foolish debutante who refuses to believe that her chauffeur Joe Keefer (Bruce Cabot) was in on a plot to kidnap her. But federal agent Mal Stevens (Richard Arlen) is on to Keefer from the outset and intends to give the thug enough rope to hang himself. Sure enough, Keefer soon repays Eleanor's confidence in him by embarking on a bloody crime spree, leading to the inevitable shootout between the villains and the good guys at a remote woodland hideout (obviously inspired by the assault on John Dillinger's hideaway in Northern Wisconsin). The film's justly famous dramatic highlight occurs when the fugitive Joe Keefer awakens from plastic surgery, only to discover that the vengeful doctor has permanently "branded" Keefer's face with the crook's initials!
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Richard Arlen
as Mal Stevens
Virginia Bruce
as Eleanor Spencer
Harvey Stephens
as Van Rensseler
Bruce Cabot
as Joe Keefer
Alice Brady
as Aunt Ethel
Eric Linden
as Buddy Spencer
Joyce Compton
as Barbara
Bodil Rosing
as Mrs. Keefer
Paul Stanton
as Department Chief
Robert Emmett O'Connor
as Police Captain
Hale Hamilton
as Ex-Senator Reilly
Matthew Betz
as Thompson
Harry Woods
as Big Bill
Matty Fain
as `Brooklyn'
Paul Fix
as Sam
Donald Kirke
as Curley
Eugene Strong
as `Dude'
Christian Rub
as Henkel
Eleanor Wesselhoeft
as Mrs. Henkel
Wesley Barry
as Walton
Robert E. O'Connor
as Police Captain
Ian Maclaren
as Reconstructionist
George Pauncefort
as Dr. Hoffman
Joe King
as Instructor
Clarence Wilson
as Reynolds
Kathrin Clare Ward
as Ma Harrison
Landers Stevens
as Parole Chairman
Sidney Bracey
as Butler
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6.5/10. Fine classic gangster film, great cast, especially Alice Brady. It moves along at a brisk pace. Well written with a good plot. Well developed characters. Solid production.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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