Within the Law (1939 film)

Within the Law is a 1939 American (Precursor) Film noir crime film directed by Gustav Machatý and written by Charles Lederer and Edith Fitzgerald. The film stars Ruth Hussey, Tom Neal, Paul Kelly, William Gargan, Paul Cavanagh and Rita Johnson.[1][2] The film was released on March 17, 1939, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Within the Law
Directed byGustav Machatý
Produced byLou L. Ostrow
Screenplay byCharles Lederer
Edith Fitzgerald
StarringRuth Hussey
Tom Neal
Paul Kelly
William Gargan
Paul Cavanagh
Rita Johnson
Music byWilliam Axt
CinematographyCharles Lawton Jr.
Edited byGeorge Boemler
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • March 17, 1939 (1939-03-17)
Running time
65 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film is based on the play Within the Law by Bayard Veiller.




  1. "Within the Law (1939) - Overview - TCM.com". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  2. "Within The Law". TV Guide. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
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