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Legal Moments at the Movie House

October 2012

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"[The law] can't even exist unless we're willing to go down into the dust and blood and fight a battle every day of our lives to preserve it."

-Harvard law professor Michael Lightcap (played by Ronald Colman, right) exhorts vigilantes to uphold the law as he defends Leopold Dilg (Cary Grant, center), a man wrongly accused of arson in a small New England town. Miss Nora Shelley (Jean Arthur, left) is among his few allies in The Talk of the Town (1942).

Thanks to Eric A. Altoon of Los Angeles.

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