Borrowed Hero (December 5, 1941)
Released on December 5, 1941: An assistant District Attorney uses gangland style antics to break up a crime syndicate.
Directed by Lewis D. Collins
Written by Ben Roberts, Sidney Sheldon and Earle Snell.
The Actors: Alan Baxter (Roger Andrews), Florence Rice (Ann Thompson), Constance Worth (Mona Brooks), John Hamilton (William Brooks), Mary Gordon (Mrs. Riley, landlady), Wilma Francis (Carol Turner), Stanley Andrews (Mr. Taylor, defense attorney), Richard Terry (Dixie Nelson, crime boss), Jerry Marlowe (Johnny Gray), Paul Everton (trial judge), Guy Usher (district attorney), John Maxwell (city editor), Kernan Cripps (first detective escorting Dixie), James Deliso (henchman), Dudley Dickerson (laundryman), George Dobbs (Cubby Carson), Robert Fiske (Grover Duncan), Joel Friedkin (Judge Hargraves), Dorothy Gulliver (snack stand clerk), Karl Hackett (Richard Allen), Jack W. Johnston (juryman), Eddie Kane (Brooks' hitman), Charles King (arresting policeman), Isabel La Mal (Mrs. Jones, Carol's landlady), Eba Larson (unknown), Gene O'Donnell (henchman), Alexander Pollard (Joe, bartender), Jack Richardson (second detective escorting Dixie), Syd Saylor (pedestrian with sore throat), Ted Stanhope (unknown), Robert Street (unknown), Arthur Thalasso (turnkey), Bert Young (hitman driver).
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The goal of criminal justice is to put the bad guys in jail for a long, long time. But sometimes the bad guys have good lawyers and enough money to avoid getting convicted in court. In this fast paced classic noir gangster thriller a young inexperienced assistant district attorney walking on the sidewalk bumps into and knocks over a fleeing criminal and by the time the gangster stands back up the cops have grabbed him and declared our young man a hero. The gangster boss spots this accidental hero and decides that he is a simple minded nit-wit who couldn't solve a case if it was handed to him on a platter. Now, you soon discover that the gangster boss is also the city's leading citizen who is head of the anti-crime committee, and he arranges with the Governor to make our young accidental hero a 'special prosecutor' to clean up crime in the city. Of course, every gangster noir movie needs some pretty skirt action, and there are three ladies that get tangled up in this crime caper. Our hero Roger has an on-again off-again girlfriend, hot-shot newspaper reporter Ann Thompson, played by Florence Rice. Then there is Constance Worth, the flirty blonde daughter of the gangster boss who intrudes into his life, and finally the cute young daughter of one of the stool-pigeon gangsters who was killed by the gangster boss before he could testify. Our gangster has it figured out pretty well, and our hero fails to convict him in court, and is ready to be tossed out of office as a washed-up no-good prosecutor. Sometimes when the good guys get outsmarted by the gangsters in court, you've just gotta stand aside and let the gangsters get rid of each other instead.
This gangster adventure has two, not one but two . . . count 'em two, thrilling car chase scenes as it is once again gangsters vs the law. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter . . . or instead spray on a light mist of Extra Virgin Olive Oil for a unique flavor twist, and get ready for a story that will move along faster than you are able to chew your popcorn.
Alan Baxter and Constance Worth in Borrowed Hero
Alan Baxter and Dorothy Gulliver
Alan Baxter and Florence Rice
Alan Baxer and George Dobbs
Alan Baxter and Jerry Marlowe
Alan Baxter and Mary Gordon
Alan Baxter and Wilma Francis
Alan Baxter and Wilma Francis in Borrowed Hero
Charles King as the arresting officer who declares Alan Baxter as a hero for helping nap the gangster
Constance Worth tells bartender Alexander Pollard that the newspaper gal Florence Rice is listening . . . beware what you say.
Florence Rice and George Dobbs
Florence Rice and Jerry Marlowe
Florence Rice as Ann Thompson, hot-shot newspaper reporter
Florence Rice, as newspaper reporter Ann Thompson calls in a scoop
Florence Rice as Ann Thompson in Borrowed Hero
George Dobbs in Borrowed Hero
Guy Usher as the District Attorney in Borrowed Hero
Isabel La Mal and Alan Baxter in Borrowed Hero
Jerry Marlowe and Florence Rice
Joel Friedkin, as a judge, along with John Hamilton, gives a toast to new special prosecutor Alan Baxter
John Hamilton as head gangster William Brooks
John Hamilton, as gangster William Brooks, is confident in court that he will not be convicted
John Maxwell, as the newspaper city editor in Borrowed Hero
John Maxwell in Borrowed Hero
Karl Hackett and Stanley Andrews in Borrowed Hero
Mary Gordon and Florence Rice
Paul Everton as the trial judge in Borrowed Hero
Richard Terry and John Hamilton
Robert Fiske as gangster Grover Duncan in Borrowed Hero
Syd Saylor and Florence Rice in Borrowed Hero
Wilma Francis in Borrowed Hero