Counsel for Crime

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Counsel for Crime
Counsel for Crime film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by John Brahm
Produced by Wallace MacDonald
Screenplay by Fred Niblo, Jr.
Grace Neville
Lee Loeb
Harold Buchman
Based on a story by
Harold Shumate
Starring Otto Kruger
Douglass Montgomery
Jacqueline Wells
Music by Morris Stoloff
Cinematography Henry Freulich
Edited by Otto Meyer
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • October 14, 1937 (1937-10-14) (United States)
Running time
61 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Counsel for Crime is a 1937 American crime film directed by John Brahm starring Otto Kruger, Douglass Montgomery and Jacqueline Wells.[1]


Following his graduation from law school, Senator Robert Maddox's (Hall) adopted son Paul (Montgomery) is offered a job at Bill Mellon's (Kruger) law firm. Mellon, an unscrupulous criminal lawyer, is actually Paul's real father, but he keeps the fact a secret from him. When Paul discovers Mellon's corruption, he quits and lands a job as assistant district attorney.

Soon after taking the position, Paul spearheads a state investigation into legal malpractice. This worries Mellon and prompts him to assign a criminal to implicate those investigating him in a scandal. When the criminal learns about Paul's birth, he is accidentally shot by Mellon in an effort to conceal the information. Paul successfully prosecutes his own father, who is convicted of second-degree murder because he refuses to discuss the content of the papers over which he and Mitchell were struggling, thus protecting Paul and his mother.



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