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Law and Disorder (1940 film)

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Law and Disorder
Opening title
Directed byDavid MacDonald
Written byRoger MacDougall
Produced byK.C. Alexander
StarringAlastair Sim
Diana Churchill
Barry K. Barnes
CinematographyErnest Palmer
Edited byDouglas Myers
Music byFrancis Chagrin
British Consolidated
Distributed byAdelphi Films
Release date
  • 7 June 1940 (1940-06-07) (UK)
Running time
74 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Law and Disorder is a 1940 British comedy crime film directed by David MacDonald and starring Alastair Sim, Diana Churchill and Barry K. Barnes.[1] The screenplay concerns a young solicitor who defends a number of petty criminals accused of sabotage.[2] The film was made at Highbury Studios, with sets designed by art director James A. Carter.[3]

The film premiered at Gaumont Haymarket in London on 7 June 1940.[4]


Critical reception

TV Guide rated the film 2 out of 4 stars, writing that "The plot is not much, but the script is packed with wisecracks and one-liners that give this picture some needed pizazz. Enjoyable on its own level."[5]


  1. ^ "Law and Disorder" – via
  2. ^ "Law and Disorder (1940) - David MacDonald | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related | AllMovie" – via
  3. ^ "Law and Disorder (1940)". BFI.
  4. ^ The Times, 7 June 1940; pg. 4, col. 6: Picture Theatres - Gaumont: Law and Disorder Linked 2017-02-04
  5. ^ "Law And Disorder | TV Guide".

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