Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Attorney Lee Tracy gains renown for his flamboyant courtroom tactics, which nearly always result in acquittal for his clients. Though none too honest, Tracy rises to the position of district attorney. Unbeknownst to the public, the D.A. is in the pocket of local gangster interests, who hope that their courtroom connections will allow them to operate unmolested. His conscience awakened by his faithful girlfriend (Margot Grahame), Tracy turns his back on his mobster cronies; his career is ruined, but he is "clean" for the first time in his life. Criminal Court is a remake of the 1932 John Barrymore vehicle State's Attorney; the later film makes several concessions to the now more stringent censors, especially when it comes to detailing the former profession of the D.A.'s lady friend.
District-Attorney, conscience, courtroom, gangster, girlfriend