Behind Stone Walls (1932)

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Esther Clay, wife of District Attorney John Clay and mother of attorney Bob Clay, is having an affair with Jack Keene. Scorned by him Esther kills Jack. Bob comes to her defense and ... See full summary »


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Director:

Frank R. Strayer

Writer:

George B. Seitz (story and continuity)

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8 August 2018 | MartinHafer
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| None of this makes sense...and how can Bob be this big a boob??!!
The Clay family is very powerful. The father, is the District Attorney and his son Bob recently earned his law degree. Because of this, you know that they are smart and well-educated folks. That's why what happens next really makes no sense at all.

Bob does not know that his mother is actually his step-mother. Regardless, this woman is cheating on her husband and when her lover wants to break things off, she shoots him. Bob catches her and agrees to clean up the crime scene to protect her. However, he's caught and assumed to be the killer. Bob says nothing about his mother and ends up being sent to prison.

As I said, this story really makes no sense. Bob is either a total idiot or....well, there is no 'or'. How could a lawyer do this AND how could they let themselves go to jail?! Does this make sense at all?! What's worse...the father then prosecutes the son for the crime...something that would never happen in real life. In fact, this is THE reason I hated the film....the terrible writing. It looks as if they didn't do their homework and made an impossible situation...one that viewers couldn't help but find ridiculous. Add to that some wooden acting and you've got the recipe for a B-movie that is not very good nor very entertaining.

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