As the Devil Commands (1933)

Genres - Drama, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Slowly dying of an unspecified illness, wealthy invalid Charles Sellon wants his aide Neil Hamilton to end his suffering. Hamilton won't do it, but villainous lawyer Alan Dinehart, in line to inherit Sellon's millions, is not so charitable. Dinehart kills Sellon, then makes it look as though Hamilton murdered the old guy for his money. During his trial, Hamilton is ostensibly given the best defense attorney that money can buy -- Dinehart, who secretly plans to deliberately lose the case so our hero will be railroaded into the electric chair. Instead, Hamilton is sentenced to life imprisonment, so there's still the possibility that he'll fall heir to the money. But Dinehart still has several more tricks up his sleeve.

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assisted-suicide, courtroom, death, false-accusation, fortune [wealth], invalid, invasion, investigation, killing, lawyer, loot, murder, suffering, will [document]