The Public Defender
The Public Defender is a 1931 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.
|The Public Defender|
|Directed by||J. Walter Ruben|
James Anderson (assistant)
|Produced by||William LeBaron|
|Written by||George Goodchild|
|Edited by||Archie Marshek|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures|
- 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)
- "The Public Defender: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved April 22, 2014.