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Director:
Writers:
Rian James (screen play) and
James Seymour (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
7 January 1933 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Idealistic attorney Anton Adam makes headlines when he successfully prosecutes a prominent New York racketeer named Gilmurry... See more » | Add synopsis »
NewsDesk:
(3 articles)
DVD Review: "Forbidden Hollywood Volumes 4 And 5"
 (From CinemaRetro. 26 August 2012, 3:47 AM, PDT)

Joan Blondell Movie Schedule: Stand-in, Cry Havoc, Kona Coast
 (From Alt Film Guide. 24 August 2011, 4:13 PM, PDT)

New York's "Essential Pre-Code" Series: Week 1
 (From MUBI. 4 August 2011, 12:48 PM, PDT)

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Breezy And Unconvincing See more (11 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Powell ... Anton Adam

Joan Blondell ... Olga
David Landau ... Gilmurry
Helen Vinson ... Barbara
Claire Dodd ... Virginia
Alan Dinehart ... Bentley

Allen Jenkins ... Izzy Levine
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hooper Atchley ... Tony's Aide (uncredited)
Irving Bacon ... Court Guard (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ... Court Policeman (uncredited)
Ann Brody ... Mrs. Levine (uncredited)
Frederick Burton ... Second Trial Judge (uncredited)
Dorothy Christy ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Clay Clement ... Tony's Friend (uncredited)
Max Davidson ... Max (uncredited)
Patricia Ellis ... Law Secretary (uncredited)
Dot Farley ... Client Paying $5,000 Fee (uncredited)
Rockliffe Fellowes ... Kovaks (uncredited)
Sam Godfrey ... Reporter with Merritt (uncredited)
Robert Gordon ... Willie - an Office Boy (uncredited)
Harrison Greene ... Second Trial Court Clerk (uncredited)
Henry Hall ... Second Trial Juror (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Court Clerk (uncredited)

Sterling Holloway ... Olga's Dining Friend (uncredited)

Roscoe Karns ... Merritt - Reporter (uncredited)
Tom Kennedy ... Jake - the Ice Man (uncredited)
Jack La Rue ... Spike Murphy (uncredited)
John Larkin ... Tony's Butler (uncredited)
Wilfred Lucas ... Second Jury Foreman (uncredited)

Claire McDowell ... Gilmurry's Secretary (uncredited)
Edward McWade ... Moyle (uncredited)
Sidney Miller ... Boy Behind Olga at End (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Reporter (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Juror (uncredited)
Henry Otho ... Hoodlum with Gilmurry (uncredited)
Dewey Robinson ... Waiting Client (uncredited)
John Sheehan ... Mike - Bartender (uncredited)
Buster Slaven ... Silent Boy Walking at End (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Masseur (uncredited)
Phil Tead ... Reporter with Cigar (uncredited)
Sheila Terry ... Flo (uncredited)
Kenneth Thomson ... Dr. Frank Gresham (uncredited)
Milton Wallace ... Judge Wilson (uncredited)
Kathrin Clare Ward ... Mother of Little Boy (uncredited)
Renee Whitney ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Armand 'Curly' Wright ... Guiseppi - the Shoeshine Man (uncredited)
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Directed by
William Dieterle 
 
Writing credits
Rian James (screen play) and
James Seymour (screen play)

Max Trell (novel "Lawyer Man")

Wilson Mizner  uncredited

Produced by
Hal B. Wallis .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Bernhard Kaun (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Robert Kurrle (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Thomas Pratt (edited by)
 
Art Direction by
Esdras Hartley 
 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stanley Logan .... associate director
 
Sound Department
Oliver S. Garretson .... sound (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Ellis .... still photographer (uncredited)
Al Green .... second camera operator (uncredited)
John Shepek .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra
Cliff Hess .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (present) (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc. and the Vitaphone Corporation)
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Additional Details

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Runtime:
72 min | USA:68 min (Turner library print)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Australia:G | USA:TV-G | USA:Approved (PCA #2703-R, 22 September 1936 for re-release)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
At approx. minute :38, a young boy is crying and led out of the courtroom by his mother. The young, uncredited actor is Bobs Watson (PeeWee of Boys Town fame.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The newspaper article announcing the breakup of the Bentley-Adam law partnership misspells Bentley's name as "Bently."See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
I Guess I'll Have to Change My PlanSee more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Breezy And Unconvincing, 17 October 2012
Author: GManfred from Ramsey, NJ

A Pre-Code movie that would be G-rated by today's standards, "Lawyer Man" is entertaining and good fun but should be billed as a drama/comedy, if you can imagine such. It moves very quickly as its star, William Powell, goes from honest, hard-working lawyer to shyster and back in 72 easy minutes. The problem is that, apart from Powell, all the other characters are two-dimensional, and are seemingly there for Powell to bounce lines off. David Landau, especially, was criminally wasted (no pun intended) as the 'big boss' and king-maker. Despite his role, he was likable while enduring endless insults from Powell. Most men in his position probably would have had Powell 'rubbed out' early on.

That said, there is a lot to like in this picture. First off, there is Powell himself, elegant and dapper while miscast as a lower East Side lawyer representing lower class shlubs. There is also Joan Blondell, in her customary role as the torch-bearing secretary overlooked by Powell. There is Alan Dinehart, an excellent 30's character actor with a part that was too small for his talent. Despite the seriousness of the plot, much of it is played for laughs. In one amusing scene, two hit men turn soft in a goofy confrontation with Powell. Throw in some laughs via Blondell wise cracks, and you have a basically good-natured movie which I would rate a seven.

P.S. Do you like old standards? This picture has some of the best you can hear nowadays on the soundtrack, played in the background by a 30's band.

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