Disbarred (film)

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Disbarred 1939 poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Robert Florey
Starring Gail Patrick
Robert Preston
Otto Kruger
Sidney Toler
Edited by Arthur P. Schmidt
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • 1939 (1939)
Running time
58 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Disbarred is a 1939 film about a crooked lawyer starring Gail Patrick and Robert Preston.[1] The supporting cast includes Otto Kruger, Virginia Vale and Sidney Toler. The movie was directed by film noir specialist Robert Florey.[1]


Tyler Craden is disbarred by the legal profession after destroying evidence against his client, gangster Mardeen, following the murder of a cop.

While on vacation, Craden ends up in a town where a murder trial is taking place. He is impressed by defense attorney Joan Carroll and gets her a job with a firm run by Roberts, a corrupt pal of his.

Bradley Kent, an honest prosecutor, is both rival and suitor to Joan. She rejects marriage proposals from Kent and Craden both, but joins the district attorney's office to fight crime. Mardeen turns up and tries to blackmail Craden, who shoots him. The DA arrests Craden and Roberts, which frees Joan to continue her work and also to marry Kent.



  1. ^ a b Gates, Phillippa (2011). Detecting Women: Gender and the Hollywood Detective Film, p. 355. State University of New York Press.

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