Circumstantial Evidence (March 30, 1935)

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Circumstantial Evidence
 

Released on March 30, 1935: A hot-shot reporter plans a fake murder to show that circumstantial evidence is not enough to prove guilt, but when the fake murder victim is really killed, the reporter is quickly sentenced to death.

Directed by Charles Lamont

The Actors: Chick Chandler (James Richard Baldwin), Shirley Grey (Adrienne Grey), Arthur Vinton (Fred Stevens), Claude King (Ralph Winters), Dorothy Revier (Bernice Winters), Lee Moran (Spike Horton), Carl Stockdale (George Malone), Eddie Phillips (Harris), Edward Keane (Judge Samuels), Robert Frazer (District Attorney), Huntley Gordon (the Governor), Lew Kelly (Detective Taylor), Barbara Bedford (Mrs. Bernice Goodwin), Al Bridge (John Cassidy), Don Brodie (court bailiff), Ralph Brooks (Joe), Eddy Chandler (prison guard Henderson), Phyllis Crane (dumb dame), Charles Dorety (prison guard), Robert Elliott (Detective Brown), Henry Hall (prison warden), Lloyd Ingraham (Judge Robertson), Charles McAvoy (prison guard Kelly), Lafe McKee (jury foreman), Spec O'Donnell (Sydney), Rose Plumer (jury member), Al Thompson (prison guard Mosher)

 

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Lucky Jim . . . Not!

"This is the cleverest, most diabolical crime ever conceived in the annals of history" . . . thus opens the court room trial against star reporter 'Lucky Jim' Baldwin. Jim Baldwin is a hot-shot reporter for the city's biggest newspaper and he is covering a murder trial where the accused killer is sentenced to death on purely circumstantial evidence. Everyone around him is of the 'hang him, everyone knows he is guilty as sin' . . . but Jim thinks that the maximum sentence for any person convicted on circumstantial evidence should be life in prison, not death. After the trial is over he wants to do a big splashy story to prove his point, and it will lead him to certain death. Jim has a private conversation with his editor convincing him to help pull of the story of the century. The plan is to fake an argument between the two of them, and then make it look to the world like Jim killed his boss, but in reality his boss would go to San Francisco and stay in a hotel under an assumed name. Then, just as Jim is about to be put to death his boss would return from San Francisco and show the world that innocent men could be sentenced to death. What a great story that would be . . . but what if on the night of the planned 'murder' . . . as the two men are setting the stage for the fake death . . . Jim's boss is actually shot and killed . . . and when Jim tries to tell everyone that there was no real death, but only a fake death to prove a point, his boss' dead body is discovered and the only person who knows about the plan other than Jim is dead. The trial is quick, the verdict is certain, and Lucky Jim is only hours away from the electric chair. It looks like another tree-hugging liberal will die today because of his beliefs. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.

Shirley Grey, as court artist Adrienne Grey, watches Chick Chandler prepare to die
Shirley Grey, as court artist Adrienne Grey, watches Chick Chandler prepare to die
Al Bridge as convicted gangster John Cassidy
Al Bridge as convicted gangster John Cassidy
Barbara Bedford as Mrs. Goodwin
Barbara Bedford as Mrs. Goodwin
Chick Chandler and Al Thompson
Chick Chandler and Al Thompson
Chick Chandler and Shirley Grey in the courtroom
Chick Chandler and Shirley Grey in the courtroom
Claude King and Chick Chandler
Claude King and Chick Chandler
CLaude King as Ralph Winters, publisher of the newspaper
CLaude King as Ralph Winters, publisher of the newspaper
Don Brodie and Lafe McKee
Don Brodie and Lafe McKee
Dorothy Revier as Bernice Winters, cheating wife
Dorothy Revier as Bernice Winters, cheating wife
Dorothy Revier in Circumstantial Evidence
Dorothy Revier in Circumstantial Evidence
Eddie Phillips and Lee Moran
Eddie Phillips and Lee Moran
Henry Hall as the prison warden
Henry Hall as the prison warden
Lafe McKee as the jury foreman
Lafe McKee as the jury foreman
Lee Moran and Shirley Grey
Lee Moran and Shirley Grey
Lee Moran as Spike Horton in Circumstantial Evidence
Lee Moran as Spike Horton in Circumstantial Evidence
Lloyd Ingraham as the trial judge
Lloyd Ingraham as the trial judge
Shirley Grey and Claude King in Circumstantial Evidence
Shirley Grey and Claude King in Circumstantial Evidence
Shirley Grey waits for Lucky Jim at the penthouse
Shirley Grey waits for Lucky Jim at the penthouse