The Public Defender

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For the 1954-1955 television series of the same name, see The Public Defender (TV series).
The Public Defender
The Public Defender poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by J. Walter Ruben
James Anderson (assistant)
Produced by William LeBaron
Louis Sarecky
Written by George Goodchild
Bernard Schubert
Starring Richard Dix
Shirley Grey
Cinematography Edward Cronjager
Edited by Archie Marshek
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • July 31, 1931 (1931-07-31) ( Premiere-New York City)
  • August 1, 1931 (1931-08-01) (U.S.)[1]
Running time
69 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Public Defender is a 1931 Pre-Code crime film directed by J. Walter Ruben, starring Richard Dix and featuring Boris Karloff. Rich playboy Pike Winslow dons the mantle of 'The Reckoner', a mysterious avenger, when he learns that his lady friend Barbara Gerry's father has been framed in a bank embezzlement scandal. Using meticulous planning and split-second timing, Pike, along with his associates, the erudite 'Professor' and tough-guy scrapper 'Doc', attempt to find proof that will clear Gerry and identify the real culprits.[2]


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  1. ^ "The Public Defender: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ The Public Defender: Detail View,; accessed March 4, 2016.

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