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The Ruling Voice (1931)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 31 October 1931 (USA)
For the love and respect of his daughter, a crime boss reconsiders his involvement in the extortion racket he's built.

Director:

Rowland V. Lee

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Rowland V. Lee (by), Donald W. Lee (by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Walter Huston ... Jack Bannister
Loretta Young ... Gloria Bannister
Dudley Digges ... Abner Sneed
David Manners ... Dick Cheney
Doris Kenyon ... Mary Stanton
John Halliday ... Dexter Burroughs
Willard Robertson ... Ed Bailey
Gilbert Emery ... Andrew Gregory
Douglas Scott ... Malcolm Stanton
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For the love and respect of his daughter, a crime boss reconsiders his involvement in the extortion racket he's built.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

31 October 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Upper Underworld See more »

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| (Turner library print)

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reels #4889-4896 and #4852 (trailer) See more »

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Referenced in Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

I Love You All the Time
(uncredited)
Music by Arthur A. Penn
Played when Bannister asks Mrs. Stanton for a favor
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14 November 2004 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

A potentially interesting entry in Warner Brothers' series of crime dramas is weakened by an improbably wordy script, stagey performances -- Walter Huston, in this early role, seems to have no sense of where the camera is -- and an outright awful performance by Doris Kenyon, who, although fifth-billed, is actually the female lead.

Despite the ethnic types that inhabit the better Warners crime dramas, the Irishmen and Italians, this one seems to be inhabited solely by WASPS who wear impeccable, old fashioned clothing.

On the plus side, Loretta Young is in her luminously beautiful phase, an absolute pleasure to look at, although she isn't given much to do. David Manners is adequate as the juvenile lead and the idea of the story, how honest men can be driven to become criminals, is potentially interesting. But this movie doesn't live up to its potential.


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