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The Unknown Man

Original title
The Unknown Man
Year
Running time
86 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Ronald Millar, George Froeschel (Story: Ronald Millar, George Froeschel)
Music
Conrad Salinger
Cinematography
William C. Mellor (B&W)
Cast
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Producer
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Genre
Film noir. Drama. Mystery | Crime
Synopsis / Plot
Prominent attorney Brad Mason takes on the defense of Rudi Walchek, a young hit-man hoodlum accused of murder. Convinced of the youthful thug's innocence, Mason get him acquitted. Later, he learns from the murder-victim's father that Walchek is a low-level member of a protection-racket gang and was undoubtedly guilty. Mason is anxious to get the gang-leader, but when he discovers it is the eminently respected head of the city's Crime Commission, he feels that a conviction in a court-of-law would be impossible. In a rage, he kills the man, but all evidence, including the murder weapon points to Walchek. When the latter is again brought to trial, Mason, although he senses a higher justice is at work, feels he must defend him with the best of his ability.
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