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A Woman Is the Judge

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A Woman Is the Judge
A Woman Is the Judge - poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byNick Grinde
Written byAlexandre Bisson, Karl Brown
Produced byIrving Briskin, Ralph Cohn
StarringFrieda Inescort, Otto Kruger, Rochelle Hudson, Mayo Methot, Gordon Oliver, Arthur Loft
CinematographyBenjamin H. Kline
Edited byByron Robinson
Release date
  • July 10, 1939 (1939-07-10) (United States)
Running time
61 min
CountryUnited States

A Woman Is the Judge is an American 1939 drama film[2] directed by Nick Grinde and starring Frieda Inescort, Otto Kruger, Rochelle Hudson, Mayo Methot, Gordon Oliver, and Arthur Loft.[3] The film tagline is Love bridges the gulf between a judge and an underworld girl.[4] This is an early film explorong such themes as gender equality and female lawyers.[5] The film is based on the play by Alexandre Bisson.


A famous female lawyer (Frieda Inescort) at the peak of her career has to resign in order to defend her estranged daughter (Mayo Methot), with whom she lost any contact some 20 years ago, against a murder charge. A prosecuting attorney (Otto Kruger) has a secret crush on the judge.



  1. ^ "A WOMAN IS THE JUDGE (1939)". 2019-05-02. Archived from the original on 2019-05-02. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  2. ^ "A Woman Is the Judge (1939)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  3. ^ "A Woman Is the Judge (1939)". FilmAffinity. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  4. ^ "A Woman is the Judge (1939)". Letterboxd. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  5. ^ Lucia, Cynthia (2010-01-01). Framing Female Lawyers: Women on Trial in Film. University of Texas Press. ISBN 978-0-292-77824-5. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
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