Outside the Law. 1930. USA. Directed by Tod Browning. Screenplay by Browning, Garret Fort. With Edward G. Robinson, Mary Nolan, Owen Moore. 70 min.
Tod Browning returned to Universal to direct this early sound remake of his 1920 Lon Chaney vehicle, this time with Edward G. Robinson in a pre–Little Caesar role as a cigar-chomping gangster who tries to muscle in on a bank robbery planned by an up-and-coming crook (Owen Moore) and his affectless moll (Mary Nolan, top-billed). Browning’s lowlife predilections come into rich conflict with middle-class propriety when Moore and Nolan go into hiding, disguised as a pair of young newlyweds. This is arguably a more personal film than Browning’s next assignment for Universal, Dracula. 35mm.
Sunday, May 14,2:30 p.m.T1, Theater 1The Museum of Modern Art
Friday, May 5,7:00 p.m.T2, Theater 2The Museum of Modern Art