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

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.

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


Mary Turner gets arrested for a robbery she didn't commit, while in prison she studies law. After being released, she partners with another woman in order to legally scam wealthy men.



  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.