Gangs of Chicago
- 1h 6min
A criminal uses his knowledge of the law for his not-very-legal purposes, betraying friends along the way.A criminal uses his knowledge of the law for his not-very-legal purposes, betraying friends along the way.A criminal uses his knowledge of the law for his not-very-legal purposes, betraying friends along the way.
One such good B is Lloyd Nolan in "Gangs of Chicago". It begins with Matty (Nolan) in law school. However, he's a mighty peculiar student. It seems that THE reason he entered this school was to learn how to twist the law and abuse it in order to help hoods escape justice. His plan is to create a sort of insurance policy for crooks--he helps spring them and does ANYTHING to do so. However, after he's a lawyer he not only does this but actually helps plan criminal activity. Even for a lawyer, he's very unethical!
One odd thing about Matty is that despite being rotten, he's got a soft spot for one of his old classmates and his family. These people are very decent and the father is a judge! Yet try as he might, Matty likes them. So, he leads a double life as a crooked attorney in the city and a nice, respectable guy when he visits the country. Later, however, the law visits this family when they learn about them...perhaps they can use these people to get the goods on Matty and his crooked friends.
This film is very gritty and jaded. It also has better than average acting, a dandy script and lots of excitement. The only part that didn't quite work for me was the nice ending...it just seemed a bit too good to be true. Despite this, it's still an outstanding B...one to watch.
- Dec 13, 2015