Skip to content

Frank's Movie Log

My life at the movies.

Shadow of the Law 1930

  • Watched on Saturday Oct 10, 2020 via OK.ru (Unknown | 480p)
    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Powell plays an innocent man sent to prison for murder. He escapes and establishes a new life. Hoping to clear his name, he locates the woman whose testimony could exonerate him, only to have her blackmail him.

    An efficient script, innovative camera-work, and gripping performances from Powell and Natalie Moorhead make this a standout among Powell’s early sound work. I’d love to see a proper HD release. Powell gets his trademark mustache shaved when he enters prison, and—even at VHS quality—it proved jarring.