Illegal

Synopsis: Ambitious D.A. Victor Scott zealously prosecutes Ed Clary for a woman's murder. But as Clary walks "the last mile" to the electric chair, Scott receives evidence that exonerates the condemned man. Realizing that he's made a terrible mistake he tries to stop the execution but is too late. Humbled by his grievous misjudgement, Scott resigns as a prosecutor. Entering private practice, he employs the same cunning that made his reputation and draws the attention of mob kingpin, Frank Garland. The mobster succeeds in bribing Scott into representing one of his stooges on a murder rap and Scott, in a grand display of courtroom theatrics, wins the case. But soon Scott finds himself embroiled in dirty mob politics. The situation becomes intolerable when his former protege in the D.A.'s office is charged with a murder that seems to implicate her as an informant to the Garland mob. Can Victor defend the woman he secretly loves and also keep his life?
Director(s): Lewis Allen
Production: Warner Bros.
 
IMDB:
7.0
APPROVED
Year:
1955
88 min
19 Views

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(SCREAMS)

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(GUN FIRING)

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Now,

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in closing this trial,

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I want you to remember the dead.

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The gift of life

is our most precious possession.

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And the greatest crime in our society

is ruthlessly to destroy that gift.

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Gloria Benson was young,

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beautiful, hopeful.

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I fervently wish we could call her back.

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But it's too late.

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Far, far too late.

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She's gone.

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Her lovely spirit has left this earth.

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But her murderer remains.

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This man, Edward Clary,

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who destroyed her with six shots

from a.45 revolver.

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Have you any idea of the fearful

destructiveness of a.45 at close range?

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One shot would have been sufficient.

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But six. Six.

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Now a terrible doom

has settled over this monster.

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And we who are here

in the name of justice

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must listen to the command

of the great Jehovah.

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"Whosoever sheddeth man's blood,

by man shall his blood be shed."

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(CROWD MURMURING)

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JUDGE:
Order in the court!

Order in the court!

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- Have you reached a verdict?

- We have, Your Honor.

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The defendant will rise.

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"We find the defendant guilty of murder

in the first degree."

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Sorry, Tony,

but you know I never give exclusives.

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Just say the accused was ably defended

but you can't beat the evidence. That's all.

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They can't beat it when you present it.

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Well, that's very pretty, Tony,

but it won't get you that exclusive.

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Besides, the real credit belongs

to my assistant, Miss Miles.

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She really prepared the case.

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How about a story from you, Miss Miles?

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Well, you can quote me as saying,

"All I did was hold his coat."

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It is true, isn't it, Mr. Scott,

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that you have

the highest percentage of convictions

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- of any DA in the city's history?

- I haven't been keeping score.

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Tell us, Mr. Scott, how does it feel

to send a man to the chair?

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I don't send people to the chair,

they send themselves.

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Just one more thing, Mr. Scott,

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is it true that you intend

to run for governor?

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Now whatever gave you an idea like that?

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If you want facts,

consult my chief investigator.

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He specializes in them.

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