Inside the Law (1942)

Passed   |    |  Comedy, Crime, Drama

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A gang of small-time confidence-type crooks, led by the elderly Pop (Lafe McKee) and Mom Cobb (Rose Plumer), have just completed a small scam when a wallet found on a drunk gives them a ... See full summary »



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6 February 2019 | bkoganbing
| The makings of a classic
Every now and then Poverty Row in Hollywood occasionally produced a worthwhile item and such is the case with Inside The Law. This one had typical PRC production values and the cast is left to its own devices. But the idea was interesting and the cast led by Wallace Ford and Luana Walters does a good job.

Ford and Walters head an intergenerational gang of roguish thieves who have left the east for southern California till the heat cools down. On the way they run into an inebriated man heading for a job at a small town bank. Ford takes his identity and they move in with the intention of cleaning out the bank.

It's almost like it was lifted from Lost Horizon, but several of the gang think this might be a golden opportunity to go straight. But not all of them and therein lies the story.

This could have been really good at even a studio like RKO or Columbia. There's a nice performance by Earl Hodgins as the chief of police who smells a crook, but can't quite prove it.

Highlight of the film is an extended sequence with the Mexican border patrol.

Might be worth a look.


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8 May 1942



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