Disbarred (film)

Disbarred is a 1939 American crime film about a crooked lawyer starring Gail Patrick and Robert Preston.[1] The supporting cast includes Otto Kruger, Virginia Vale and Sidney Toler. The movie was directed by film noir specialist Robert Florey.[1]

Theatrical release poster
Directed byRobert Florey
StarringGail Patrick
Robert Preston
Otto Kruger
Sidney Toler
Edited byArthur P. Schmidt
Paramount Pictures
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • January 6, 1939 (1939-01-06)
Running time
59 minutes
CountryUnited States


Tyler Craden is disbarred by the legal profession after destroying evidence against his client, gangster Mardeen, following the murder of a cop.

While on vacation, Craden ends up in a town in which a murder trial is taking place. He is impressed by defense attorney Joan Carroll and gets her a job with a firm run by Roberts, a corrupt pal.

Bradley Kent, an honest prosecutor, is a rival and a suitor to Joan. She rejects marriage proposals from Kent and Craden but joins the district attorney's office to fight crime. Mardeen turns up and tries to blackmail Craden, who shoots him. The district attorney arrests Craden and Roberts, which frees Joan to continue her work and to marry Kent.



  1. Gates, Phillippa (2011). Detecting Women: Gender and the Hollywood Detective Film, p. 355. State University of New York Press.

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