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A still from Shadow of the Law (1930)

Shadow of the Law

1930 | United States | 69 min
  • Watched on Sat Oct 10, 2020 via
    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.

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