Synopsis: Johnny Ramirez rises from bouncer to partner in Charlie Roark's border town casino. Charlie's wife Marie loves Johnny, but Johnny loves society woman Dale. Marie kills her husband, making it look like suicide. She tells Johnny she committed murder for him and, still rejected, tells the police that she and Johnny murdered Charlie. She goes crazy in court and Johnny goes free. Dale runs from Johnny and dies in an auto crash. Johnny sells the casino.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Archie Mayo
Production: Warner Bros.
90 min

My country, 'tis of thee

Sweet land of liberty

Of thee I sing

Land where my fathers died

Land of the pilgrim's pride

From ev'ry mountainside

Let freedom ring

And now, ladies and gentlemen

And members of the graduating class

Of the Pacific Night Law School,

Whom it has been my duty and pleasure

To guide along the paths of legal learning,

It is my high privilege and honor

To introduce to you the

honorable Rufus Barnswell,

Who will address you on

this momentous occasion.

The honorable Rufus Barnswell.

It is my privilege and honor

to address you, gentlemen,

As you step toward the new careers

For which you've toiled

and suffered and sacrificed.

Your fathers and mothers and your friends

May well be proud of your

courage, your determination,

Your will to succeed.

Your applause must be for these young men,

Not for me,

For such young men as one

whose history I happen to know

And who sits among the graduates

Because he had the courage

To lift himself above his environment,

To overcome handicaps

Which threatened to make him a criminal.

I reveal no secrets when I say to you

That this young man was the tough guy

Of a tough neighborhood.

At an age when most boys were in high school,

He was a child problem-

A problem to which his

parents had no solution,

But they didn't need it.

This boy solved his own problem.

He realized his opportunities and duties

As an American citizen,

And with that realization came ambition,

Which has led him to toil at

The hardest manual labor by day

So that he might study

And arrive at the point in his career

At which he stands now.

That young man, ladies and gentlemen,

Sits there.

Johnny Ramirez.

Mrs. Ramirez, you should

be very proud of your son.

I am, seor. I am very proud of my Juanito.

And excuse me, he was

not a bad boy, Excellency.

Only one little bit wild, maybe sometimes.

Julius Pasquani.

Good luck.

Charlie Plonk.

Johnny Ramirez.

Ijuanito! Ijuanito! Ihijo! Ihijo!

Happy, Johnny?

You bet, father.

Oh, Johnny, I think you

going to be the best one.

Ah, she's the best of all.

That really belongs to you, mamacita.

If it wasn't for you-

Oh, no, Johnny mio.

And I guess you wouldn't let

him get away with that crack

About me being tough.

But seor judge, she did not understand you.

And the seor police, she

never understood me either, huh?

Juanito, it is not nice

To make a fuss of your mother!

Oh. Behave.

Oh, mamacita!

Atencion. Atencion.

A toast to you, mi muchacho.

A toast to Johnny, no?

Isi! Isi!

Success, long life, and happiness

To a young lawyer.

Iviva! Iviva!

Gracias. Gracias.

No, Johnny. With wine.

Nix, Alberto. You know I ain't drinking.

You don't used to be that way.

Well, I didn't used to be a lawyer.

That stuff got me into more trouble.

Well, if you can't handle your liquor.

I can handle it, all right

- By letting it alone,

And that's just what I'm doing.

Hey, hey, hey!

Johnny, I think you going to make a speech.

Well, everybody, thanks.

All I got to say is this.

There was a lot of talk at graduation today

About hard work and study.

Sure, it was tough,

But look at Abraham Lincoln.

He worked hard, didn't he?

And he studied nights, too, didn't he?

You bet.

All right, I done

- I did, I mean, like Lincoln,

And I'm going to keep on being like Lincoln.

No, Johnny!

Hmm? What's that?

Not with whiskers.

Not with what?

Whiskers. I look in those book,

And seor Lincoln has the whiskers.

Now, please, Juanito, no.

All right, mamacita.

No whiskers. No whiskers. I promise.

It's like the judge said,

"This is a land of opportunity. "

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Laird Doyle

Laird Doyle (1907–1936) was an American screenwriter. Doyle was under contract to Warner Brothers during the mid-1930s, before his sudden death at the age of twenty nine. One of his final films was the British comedy Strangers on Honeymoon. Some of his screenplay work was used posthumously, his last credited film being in 1947. more…

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