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A still from The Public Defender (1931)

The Public Defender

1931 | United States | 69 min
aka:
  • The Reckoner
  • Million Dollar Swindle
  • Watched on Thursday Feb 18, 2021 via DVD (2014 | Warner Bros.)
    C: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Not about a lawyer. Richard Dix plays an intelligence officer returned home from the war to his playboy lifestyle. But unbeknownst to all, he’s adopted the secret vigilante persona of “The Reckoner.“ Along with his able assistants Doc and The Professor (played by Boris Karloff in the biggest part thus far in his career), The Reckoner works to expose a cabal of corrupt businessmen. The meager budget precludes any big action scenes or stunt sequences, but I love these sort of pulp vigilante stories. Even if—like this one—they’re quite nonsensical.