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|The Public Defender|
|Directed by||J. Walter Ruben|
James Anderson (assistant)
|Written by||George Goodchild|
|Produced by||William LeBaron|
|Edited by||Archie Marshek|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures|
The Public Defender is a 1931 American pre-Code crime film directed by J. Walter Ruben, starring Richard Dix and featuring Boris Karloff. Rich playboy Pike Winslow dons the mantle of 'The Reckoner', a mysterious avenger, when he learns that his lady friend Barbara Gerry's father has been framed in a bank embezzlement scandal. Using meticulous planning and split-second timing, Pike, along with his associates, the erudite 'Professor' and tough-guy scrapper 'Doc', attempt to find proof that will clear Gerry and identify the real culprits.
- Richard Dix as Pike Winslow
- Shirley Grey as Barbara Gerry
- Purnell Pratt as John Kirk
- Ruth Weston as Rose Harmer
- Edmund Breese as Frank Wells
- Frank Sheridan as Charles Harmer
- Alan Roscoe as Inspector Malcolm O'Neil
- Boris Karloff as 'Professor'
- Nella Walker as Aunt Matilda
- Paul Hurst as 'Doc'
- Carl Gerard as Cyrus Pringle
- Robert Emmett O'Connor as Detective Brady
- Phillips Smalley as Thomas Drake (as Phillip Smalley)
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