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The Crusader (October 5, 1932)

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The Crusader
 

Released on October 5, 1932: The crusading District Attorney doesn't know that his wife was a gangster's moll before they met.

Directed by Frank R. Strayer

The Actors: Evelyn Brent (Tess Brandon), H.B. Warner (District Attorney Phillip Brandon), Lew Cody (gangster Jimmie Dale), Ned Sparks (reporter Eddie Crane), Walter Byron (Joe Carson, aka Jerry Lynn), Marceline Day (Marcia Brandon), John St. Polis (Robert Henley, newspaper editor), Arthur Hoyt (Oscar Shane, city editor), Ara Haswell (Madge Blane, prostitute), Joseph W. Girard (Corrigan, Chief of Detectives), Syd Saylor (Harry Smaltz, head waiter), Lloyd Ingraham (Prison Warden Alton)

 
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Honor Among Thieves

This story could not have been told the way it is laid out in this motion picture a couple of years later when the Hays Office was censoring motion pictures. Bad guys are not allowed to do good things, and good guys should not do bad things - but here it is - more like real life turns out sometimes instead of fairy tales and censored movies. In our story we learn that prohibition is part of America and it is against the law to drink alcohol. H.B. Warner plays the part of District Attorney Brandon, the only straight shooter in this story, except for maybe cantankerous reporter Eddie Crane, played by Ned Sparks. Let me tell you about Ned Sparks first - he is a crusty hard-boiled reporter who thinks the District Attorney is making sensational arrests just to get a big reputation and maybe run for Governor or something, and he would do just about anything to knock him down a peg or two. District Attorney Phillip Brandon is enforcing the law even when it means accusing a leading citizen or politician, and this rubs the society folk to no end. There is a former gangster who now runs a fancy restaurant that does not serve alcohol, but many of the town's leading citizens who eat there bring their own hooch to drink. The D.A. won't close the nightclub because he isn't doing anything illegal, even if his patrons are. Now here's the rub . . . I'll let you learn all of the amazing twists and turns of the plot as you watch, but here is the nub of the story: The District Attorney is married to a gal who was a gangster's girlfriend and lived with the gangster for a year before meeting the D.A. and falling in love with him, and her husband the D.A. doesn't know about it. Great opportunity for blackmail, eh? Whoa, . . . hold your jets . . . that isn't the best of it. The D.A. has a lovely blonde sister who is dating a man who is a gangster and she doesn't know it . . . this honest D.A. has more dynamite surrounding him than a mouse in a fireworks factory. Now one night the bullets fly and one gangster is dead at the hands of Marceline Day, who plays the sister of the D.A. Who will take the wrap for the murder? Who will tell the D.A. that his wife had a lurid past life with a racketeer? Who will tell the world that the sister of the District Attorney is a killer? Who will face the electric chair to save the life of the D.A.'s sister and the reputation of the D.A.? Who will go to Paris to bring naughty post cards back to the crusty reporter? Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.

Ara Haswell and Ned Sparks
Ara Haswell and Ned Sparks
Ara Haswell as prostitue Madge
Ara Haswell as prostitue Madge
Arthur Hoyte as Oscar Shane
Arthur Hoyte as Oscar Shane
Evelyn Brent and Marceline Day
Evelyn Brent and Marceline Day
Evelyn Brent and Ned Sparks
Evelyn Brent and Ned Sparks
Evelyn Brent as Tess Brandon
Evelyn Brent as Tess Brandon
Evelyn Brent in The Crusader
Evelyn Brent in The Crusader
H.B. Warner and Joseph W. Girard
H.B. Warner and Joseph W. Girard
H.B. Warner and Ned Sparks
H.B. Warner and Ned Sparks
H.B. Warner as District Attorney Phillip Brandon
H.B. Warner as District Attorney Phillip Brandon
H.B. Warner in The Crusader
H.B. Warner in The Crusader
Walter Byron kissing Marceline Day
Walter Byron kissing Marceline Day
Joseph W. Girard as Chief Detective Corrigan
Joseph W. Girard as Chief Detective Corrigan
Lew Cody and Ara Haswell
Lew Cody and Ara Haswell
Lew Cody and Evelyn Brent
Lew Cody and Evelyn Brent
Lew Cody and H.B. Warner
Lew Cody and H.B. Warner
Lew Cody and Ned Sparks
Lew Cody and Ned Sparks
Lew Cody and Syd Saylor
Lew Cody and Syd Saylor
Lew Cody and Walter Byron
Lew Cody and Walter Byron
Lew Cody as nightclub owner Jimmie Dale
Lew Cody as nightclub owner Jimmie Dale
Lew Cody in The Crusader
Lew Cody in The Crusader
Lloyd Ingraham as Warden Alton
Lloyd Ingraham as Warden Alton
Marceline Day and Evelyn Brent
Marceline Day and Evelyn Brent
Marceline Day and Walter Byron
Marceline Day and Walter Byron
Marceline Day faints into the arms of Lew Cody after killing gangster Joe Carson
Marceline Day faints into the arms of Lew Cody after killing gangster Joe Carson
Marceline Day as Marcia Brandon in The Crusader
Marceline Day as Marcia Brandon in The Crusader
Marceline Day slaps Walter Byron in The Crusader
Marceline Day slaps Walter Byron in The Crusader
Marceline Day struggles to get away from Walter Byron
Marceline Day struggles to get away from Walter Byron
Ned Sparks and John St. Polis
Ned Sparks and John St. Polis
Ned Sparks and Lloyd Ingraham
Ned Sparks and Lloyd Ingraham
Ned Sparks as reporter Eddie Crane
Ned Sparks as reporter Eddie Crane
Ned Sparks has it out with H.B. Warner
Ned Sparks has it out with H.B. Warner
Ned Sparks in The Crusader
Ned Sparks in The Crusader
Ned Sparks accuses Evelyn Brent of killing the gangster
Ned Sparks accuses Evelyn Brent of killing the gangster
Syd Saylor and Ara Haswell
Syd Saylor and Ara Haswell
Walter Byron and Marceline Day
Walter Byron and Marceline Day
Walter Byron and Syd Saylor
Walter Byron and Syd Saylor