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Guilty?
Director: George B. Seitz (Dir)
Release Date:   3 Mar 1930
Duration (in mins):   87
Duration (in feet):   6,371
Duration (in reels):   7
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Cast:   Virginia Valli (Carolyn)  
    John Holland (Bob Lee)  
    John St. Polis (Polk)  
    Lydia Knott (Martha)  
    Erville Alderson (Lee)  
    Richard Carlyle (Dr. Bennett)  
    Clarence Muse (Jefferson)  
    Eddie Clayton (Jerry)  
    Robert T. Haines (Prosecuting attorney)  
    Frank Fanning (Warden)  
    Edward Cecil (Judge)  
    Gertrude Howard (Lucy)  

Summary: Senator Daniel Polk is sentenced to prison for bribery on circumstantial evidence, and as a result his daughter, Carolyn, is ostracized by the young set. Later, she attracts the attention of Bob Lee, son of the judge who convicted Polk, and they fall in love. Polk is released on parole, and Bob and Carolyn become engaged. Judge Lee, now a senator, and Polk quarrel bitterly over the engagement, and Lee threatens to report him unless Carolyn refuses to marry his son; she agrees to do so. Realizing the unhappiness he has caused his daughter, Polk commits suicide with an insecticide purchased by Bob for his daughter; and though the evidence is circumstantial, Bob is convicted on a murder charge. But Carolyn finds her father's confession in a Bible at the last minute and saves the boy from execution. 

Production Company: Columbia Pictures Corp.  
Distribution Company: Columbia Pictures Corp.  
Director: George B. Seitz (Dir)
  Sam Nelson (Asst dir)
  Ira Hards (Dial dir)
Producer: Harry Cohn (Prod)
Writer: Dorothy Howell (Story)
  Dorothy Howell (Dial)
Photography: Ted Tetzlaff (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: Harrison Wiley (Art dir)
Film Editor: Leon Barsha (Film ed)
Sound: John P. Livadary (Sd eng)
  E. L. Bernds (Sd mixing eng)
Country: United States
Language: Chinese

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Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Columbia Pictures Corp. 7/3/1930 dd/mm/yyyy LP1134

Physical Properties: Sd: Movietone
  Sd, also Si: Also si.
  b&w:

 
Genre: Melodrama
Sub-Genre: Society
 
Subjects (Major): Bribery
  Circumstantial evidence
  Courtship
  Judges
  Murder
  Parole
  Suicide
  United States. Congress

Note: The title of Dorothy Howell's original story was Black Sheep

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   13 Apr 1930.   
New York Times   7 Apr 1930   p.1.
Variety   9 Apr 1930   p. 30.

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