Rated: Not Rated
Run Time: 58 minutes
Released: January 25, 2013
Originally Released: 1935
Label: Alpha Video
Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Starring Norman Foster, Judith Allen, Sydney Blackmer, J. Carrol Naish, Theodore von Eltz, Purnell Pratt & Sidney Blackmer
Directed by Christy Cabanne
Screenwriting by James Gruen & Colbert Clark
Director of Photography: Ernest Miller & Jack A. Marta
Beautiful Mary Kennedy, a police detective's daughter, has come under the influence of her boss, wealthy but unscrupulous lawyer Raymond Cortell. Cortell assigns Mary a high-profile case defending a guilty businessman, J.C. Owen and she gets the crook acquitted on a technicality. Mary is now on the fast track to fortune and success, but her father is heartbroken that his daughter has lost her moral compass. Owens shoots Detective Kennedy while committing a robbery and Mary is forced to re-evaluate her life choices as her father lays dying.
Based on the popular novel by retired Police Captain Cornelius W. Willemse, this realistic detective tale stars Norman Foster and Judith Allen with outstanding performances by Sidney Blackmer and Theodore Von Eltz as the as the corrupt lawyer and his sleazy client. Behind The Green Lights would be Mascot's penultimate production before the studio would reorganize - as Republic.
Norman Foster was a writer and director as well as an actor from the early 1930s to the mid-70s. He is best known for directing several Charlie Chan and Mr. Moto movies, as well as such TV classics as "Davy Crockett" (1955) and "Zorro" (1957-58). Veteran character actor Sydney Blackmer's long career (over 120 films) included roles in Heidi (1937), The High And The Mighty (1954), High Society (1955) and Rosemary's Baby (1968) and earned him a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.