Obey the Law (1933)

64-65 or 69 mins | Drama | 20 January 1933

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was East of Fifth Avenue ... More Less

The working title of this film was East of Fifth Avenue . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
11 Mar 33
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Nov 32
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
18 Mar 33
p. 36.
New York Times
13 Mar 33
p. 18.
Variety
14 Mar 33
p. 15.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
East of Fifth Avenue
Release Date:
20 January 1933
Production Date:
8 November--22 November 1932
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
5 January 1933
Copyright Number:
LP3527
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
64-65 or 69
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Tony Pasqual is an Italian immigrant making a living as a barber on New York's East Side. He is deeply patriotic and his greatest day is when he receives American citizenship. That same day, Bob Richards robs Tony of his last five dollars, but instead of reporting Bob to the local policeman, Tony takes Bob home and feeds him, his sister, Grace Chester, and her son, Dickie. After learning that Bob is a decorated World War I veteran who is deeply cynical about the government Tony so loves, Tony lands Bob work at a local café. One day Bob is killed during a fight at the neighborhood gambling house while trying to take a young boy out at his mother's request. Tony, who has fallen in love with Grace, takes over the support of her and Dickie. Despite threats to his life, Tony testifies about Bob's murder. He is shot and wounded while leaving the courtroom, but this does not prevent him from naming Kid Paris as Bob's murderer from his hospital bed. "Big Joe" Rierdon, the local crime boss who also controls the neighborhood assemblyman, gives free shoes to the neighborhood, hoping his charity will blind Tony to his activities, since Tony has become an unofficial spokesman for the tenement neighbors. Tony discovers that Rierdon owns the gambling establishment, however, and even after Rierdon tries to keep him quiet by bombing his shop, Tony makes a public radio broadcast to expose Rierdon. Rierdon's arrest leaves Tony and Grace free to ... +


Tony Pasqual is an Italian immigrant making a living as a barber on New York's East Side. He is deeply patriotic and his greatest day is when he receives American citizenship. That same day, Bob Richards robs Tony of his last five dollars, but instead of reporting Bob to the local policeman, Tony takes Bob home and feeds him, his sister, Grace Chester, and her son, Dickie. After learning that Bob is a decorated World War I veteran who is deeply cynical about the government Tony so loves, Tony lands Bob work at a local café. One day Bob is killed during a fight at the neighborhood gambling house while trying to take a young boy out at his mother's request. Tony, who has fallen in love with Grace, takes over the support of her and Dickie. Despite threats to his life, Tony testifies about Bob's murder. He is shot and wounded while leaving the courtroom, but this does not prevent him from naming Kid Paris as Bob's murderer from his hospital bed. "Big Joe" Rierdon, the local crime boss who also controls the neighborhood assemblyman, gives free shoes to the neighborhood, hoping his charity will blind Tony to his activities, since Tony has become an unofficial spokesman for the tenement neighbors. Tony discovers that Rierdon owns the gambling establishment, however, and even after Rierdon tries to keep him quiet by bombing his shop, Tony makes a public radio broadcast to expose Rierdon. Rierdon's arrest leaves Tony and Grace free to marry. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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