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Let Em Have It NR CC

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4.1 out of 5 stars (14) IMDb 6.7/10

Mal Stevens is recruited by the newly organized Federal Bureau of Investigation. After Mal and a couple of fellow recruits, Van Rensseler and Tex Logan, foil a plot by Joe Keefer to kidnap Eleanor Spencer, the trusting debutante

Starring:
Richard Arlen, Virginia Bruce
Runtime:
1 hour, 35 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Sam Wood
Starring Richard Arlen, Virginia Bruce
Supporting actors Alice Brady, Bruce Cabot, Harvey Stephens, Eric Linden, Joyce Compton, Gordon Jones, J. Farrell MacDonald, Bodil Rosing, Paul Stanton, Hale Hamilton, Robert Emmett O'Connor, Dorothy Appleby, Barbara Pepper, Matthew Betz, Harry Woods, Clyde Dilson, Matty Fain, Paul Fix
Studio Viacom Media Networks
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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From Sony's Gangsters, Guns & Floozies Crime Collection comes the film Let `Em Have It (1935), directed by Sam Wood (A Night at the Opera, Goodbye, Mr. Chips), one of the two unaccredited directors to work on the 1939 film Gone with the Wind (the other was George Cukor). Appearing in this film is Richard Arlen (The Virginian, Helldorado), Virginia Bruce (Jane Eyre, The Invisible Woman), one of the 20 original 'Goldwyn Girls', and Bruce Cabot (King Kong, The Last of the Mohicans). Also appearing is Alice Brady (Mr. Dodd Takes the Air), Harvey Stephens (All American Chump), Eric Linden (The Robin Hood of El Dorado), and Gordon Jones ("The Abbott and Costello Show"), who played the Green Hornet in the 1940 serial of the same name. Also, keep an eye out for Jonathan Hale, in the role of Bill, the microscope expert, in a bit part. He seemed familiar (especially his distinctive voice), but I couldn't place his face until I remembered he played Dagwood Bumstead's boss J.C. Dithers in the Blondie movies of the late 1930s and 1940s.

Blazing headlines flash across the screen! `rime Wave Shocks The Nation' (I think it was meant to say `Crime Wave Shocks The Nation' but the C was cut off), `Torture Fiends Burn Victim', and so on...seems America is suffering a terrible epidemic as criminals run rampant, driving politicians to allot greater funding towards gooberment law enforcement institutions, and subsequently, thousands of citizens jump at the opportunity to suckle from Uncle Sam's sweet teat signing up to become G-Men, T-Men, and J-Men (actually, I don't think the term `J-Men' was used, as they were probably just referred to as the more general G-Men, but I'm using it in reference to someone working for The Justice Department).
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To have this film on DVD is AMAZING! I owned a 16mm print of this title years ago, and it was well used. This is a hard title to find. In fact, it hasn't been available in a TV package since the 1960's. Classic Media should be thanked by serious film collectors for bringing this classic out of the vault. The elements used seem to be from 35mm pre print, and are un-restored. However, the fact that any original print material exists on this title is a blessing.
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After the Motion Picture Production Code was enforced in 1934, the gangster genre, which before had more or less glamorized the criminal's lifestyle, now began to make a concentrated effort to depict lawmen as heroes.

Two movies were released in 1935 that championed the newly re-structured Department of Justice which became known as The Federal Bureau of Investigation. Warner Bros. gave us G-MEN with former gangster James Cagney on the side of the law, and United Artists answered with LET 'EM HAVE IT. Both are rapidly paced, hard-hitting dramas that follow the officers' training and focus on the FBI's methods of detecting crime, besides offering the customary tommy gun-blazing action.

Tautly directed by Sam Wood, LET 'EM HAVE IT stars Richard Arlen, Harvey Stevens, and Gordon Jones as a trio of newly recruited federal agents assigned to break up a kidnapping/robbery racket run by cold-blooded hood Bruce Cabot. Virginia Bruce and Eric Linden co-star as brother and sister socialites for whom Cabot was employed as chauffeur. Linden joins the Bureau upon Arlen's recommendation and moves in on Cabot, who promptly murders his former employer. A couple of more twists in the plot ensue before the final shoot 'em up climax.

There are a few things about LET 'EM HAVE IT that distinguish it from your run of the mill cops and robbers yarn. The scenes depicting the FBI's utilization of forensics and ballistics circa 1935 are interesting, and all the performances are solid. A particular standout is Bruce Cabot who, only two years prior had his breakthrough role as the hero in KING KONG. Here, he's an embittered killer with the single-minded ambition to acquire a million dollars. Along the way he decides to visit a plastic surgeon and have his face altered to avoid detection.
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PLOT: 3 MEN go through FBI training to bring in "Keefer" public enemy #1~

This starts with the FBI selecting and training new agents. They are put through fire arms, forensic and legal training. One of their first "cases" is a shifty chauffer named Keefer. Keefer has big plans, about a MILLION dollars worth. His first scheme is to help kidnap his heiress boss. The FBI phone taps and trails him and stops the kidnapping. Keefer is "acquitted" due to lack of evidence and the heiress hiring the best lawyers for him. But he ends up in Prison for a "concealed" weapons charge. When released he helps his CON buddies escape and they go for robbing banks. The FBI is hot on the trail but Keefer go to a surgeon to get his FACE surgically altered. Keefer and his mob are hiding at an Inn. The FBI convince Keefers former girlfriend to "turn on him" and give them the hideout location after they show her an altered photo and convince her Keefer has dumped her. When Keefer removes his "surgical bandages" he is in for a big surprise. The surgeon got even. AS the FBI agents close in there is one final shoot out. This is a very well done movie. We see the latest at that time FBI agent training. And the fun "hideouts" the gangs stay at. I give this one 4 STARS~
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