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Man of Courage (1943)

John Wallace is a crusading district attorney. The mob boss George Dickson is his number one target. Dickson enjoys the protection of several crooked politicians. With perseverance, Wallace collars his quarry and brings Dickson to trial.

Director:

Alexis Thurn-Taxis

Writers:

Barton MacLane (screenplay), Barton MacLane (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Barton MacLane ... John Wallace
Charlotte Wynters ... Joyce Griffith
Lyle Talbot ... George Dickson
Dorothy Burgess ... Sally Dickson
Patsy Nash ... Mary Ann
Forrest Taylor ... Mary Crandall
John Ince ... Tom Haines
Jane Novak ... Mrs. Black
Erskine Johnson Erskine Johnson ... Erskine Johnson
Claire Grey Claire Grey ... Alice
Steve Clark ... Judge Roberts
Billy Gray ... Mike Wilson
Frank Yaconelli Frank Yaconelli ... Pete
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John Wallace is a crusading district attorney. The mob boss George Dickson is his number one target. Dickson enjoys the protection of several crooked politicians. With perseverance, Wallace collars his quarry and brings Dickson to trial.

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Privilegio de matar See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Billy Gray. See more »

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Now and Then
Music and Lyrics by Lew Pollack
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Good noir film idea goes nowhere
27 March 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Veteran screen heavy Barton MacLane took a hand in writing a screenplay and he had the germ of a good idea. Unfortunately the only studio he could interest in Man Of Courage was sub poverty row PRC and he got a very typical PRC film with it.

MacLane is on the side of the law in this one, he's a crusading, incorruptible, but most ambitious District Attorney who might just make it to the governorship of his state. In real life the year before Man Of Courage came out Thomas E. Dewey and Earl Warren got to be Governors of their respective states so this was not a farfetched notion. One guy he wants to nail is racketeer Lyle Talbot, but he's proving illusive.

In fact Talbot on the advice of counsel decides to take a powder for a while with mistress nightclub singer Charlotte Wynters. But a derelict is found with some ID of Talbot's and everybody thinks it's him. MacLane decides to try the wife Dorothy Burgess for the murder.

For myself I think this was a pretty good plot premise. But it goes all wrong in the execution. The production values are typical cheap PRC, the direction is non-existent, some of the character's actions make no sense at all, especially Talbot's.

And MacLane whose beefy frame and raspy voice fit gangster films so well doesn't look comfortable at all as a good guy. This in a film he wrote.


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