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Borrowed Hero (1941)

Roger Andrews, an assistant district attorney, is the accidental hero of a police capture that results in his appointment by crooked civic leaders as a special prosecutor assigned to smash ... See full summary »

Director:

Lewis D. Collins

Writers:

Ben Roberts (original story), Sidney Sheldon (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Alan Baxter ... Roger Andrews
Florence Rice ... Ann Thompson
Constance Worth ... Mona Brooks
John Hamilton ... William Brooks
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. Riley
Wilma Francis ... Carol Turner
Stanley Andrews ... Mr. Taylor, Defense Attorney
Richard Terry Richard Terry ... Dixie Nelson
Jerry Marlowe Jerry Marlowe ... Johnny Gray
Paul Everton ... Trial Judge
Guy Usher Guy Usher ... District Attorney
John Maxwell ... City Editor
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Roger Andrews, an assistant district attorney, is the accidental hero of a police capture that results in his appointment by crooked civic leaders as a special prosecutor assigned to smash a crime ring. The crooked politicians, in an effort to cover their own tracks, work to turn public sympathy against him but, aided by newspaper-reporter Ann Thompson and informant Carol Turner, he adopts gangland's own methods in getting a confession for the ring's hired killer. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Fearless Hero or Mobster's Pawn! (original poster)


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 1941 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecast of this film in the New York City area occurred Monday 15 May 1944 on pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post WWII television viewers first got to see it again in NYC Sunday 9 May 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Chicago Tuesday 4 January 1949 on WBKB (Channel 4), in Los Angeles Tuesday 3 May 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5), in Detroit Wednesday 1 June 1949 on WXYZ (Channel 7), and in Cincinnati Tuesday 22 November 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11). See more »

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So....to uphold the law you should break it?!
3 June 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Borrowed Hero" is a decent B-movie with a few twists that make it interesting. Early in the story, Roger (Alan Baxter) is in the right place at the right time. When a wanted criminal is on the run, he stumbles into Roger and police soon arrive to arrest the crook....and suddenly Roger is a hero. Surprisingly, soon the governor appoints Roger as the special prosecutor (since, apparently, he is a lawyer). Apparently, some criminal underground is alive and well...and the current prosecutor hasn't been able to turn up any evidence.

Considering that Roger only became famous by accident (and he was more than willing to admit this), expectations for him are low. However, Roger is earnest and not nearly as inept as everyone expects. So what DOES he do? Well, when the underground seems unstoppable, he does what any government official would do....he breaks the law in order to uphold it!

Overall, this is a very interesting film....not brilliant but certainly better than the average cheap B-movie...which it is.


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