Is There Justice? (1931)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The answer to the question asked by small-scale Sono Art/World Wide Pictures in this minor crime drama was a resounding -- only if the screenwriters pulled a couple of fast ones. All-purpose leading man Red Lease starred as Jerry Heath, an intrepid reporter whose sister, June (Helen Foster), goes to prison along with her guilty husband Dan (Robert Ellis). She dies behind bars and Jerry vows revenge. Covering a police raid, Jerry saves District Attorney Raymond's (Henry B. Walthall) wild daughter Kay (Blanche Mehaffey), who is found dancing on a table in her underwear. Although avoiding arrest, the girl is soon blackmailed by Dan, who has been released from prison and is then promptly murdered. Jerry is the most likely suspect, and, believing Kay to be the culprit, offers no defense. Sentenced to death row, he is saved by a last minute confession from a petty crook (Ernie Adams). Always a shaky proposition, Sono Art/World Wide Pictures managed to survive until 1933 on a steady diet of cheap crime dramas like Is There Justice? and B-Westerns starring Bob Steele and Ken Maynard.

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bad-guy, blackmail, family-member, gangster, good-guy, killing, prison, reporter, revenge, victim