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
213 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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We're hungry.

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Thank you, Andr.

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That was dirty. Ray's hungry as a bear.

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No, he isn't. He just wants to be with you.

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Unfortunately for him, so do I.

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You say the nicest things,

but never in writing.

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- Oh, that's my legal training.

- Bachelor training, you mean.

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- Dry martini, Mr. Scott, very dry?

- Yes, two of them. Double.

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- This is a big day.

- No, one double and one single.

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This is your big day, not mine.

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It was a good case,

but only you could have won it.

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It's all in selecting the jury.

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Twelve music lovers. My kind of music.

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Vic, do you really intend

to run for governor?

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What do you think

I've been doing all these years?

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I became a candidate

when I opened my first law book.

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Well, you don't have

to look so solemn about it.

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It's a solemn moment.

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I wish I were going along.

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You've wasted enough time on me.

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It's about time you began thinking

about getting married.

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Yes, Mr. Cupid.

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Well, I beat off the newshounds.

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- Now, can we eat?

- You're just in time for a toast.

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- To what?

- To our next governor.

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Paper! Clary to die in chair tonight!

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Paper! Clary to die in chair tonight!

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Nice piece, Mr. Scott.

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Ought to raise a lot of funds for the club.

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And a lot of votes for you.

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You know, it's a wonder those kids didn't

start running when they saw me coming.

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I put most of their old men in jail.

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But get this straight,

I didn't sponsor this club for votes.

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I was born right there in the next block.

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- And that's pretty hard to forget.

- Sure, I understand.

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But my paper's thinking of supporting you

and we need to humanize you all we can.

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You know how it is, Mr. Scott.

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Well, I've been too busy to be human,

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and I'm not gonna start kissing babies

or anybody else.

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BOY:
Clary to die in chair tonight!

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What's wrong with a little kissing?

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A lot of people prefer it to killing.

Don't you, Mr. Scott?

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Sometimes they go hand in hand,

to the DA's Office.

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