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.