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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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Good legal precode in the Warner Brothers tradition See more (10 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)
 
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: music cues (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun .... composer: music cues (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)

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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 »
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Soundtrack:
I Guess I'll Have to Change My PlanSee more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Good legal precode in the Warner Brothers tradition, 18 June 2011
Author: calvinnme from United States

This film moves too fast for introspective angst or art design to be an issue, so if you want that go watch an MGM or Paramount film of the period. Instead the film focuses on rapid fire dialog and keeping the plot moving. What makes this one a cut above most films of the early 30's are the players, in particular the dapper and charming William Powell as East Side lawyer Tony Adam and brassy Joan Blondell as Olga, his secretary who wants things to be more than they are between herself and Tony. Sparks do fly from time to time, and when they do it just doesn't quite work on the romantic level - rather like picturing James Cagney and Myrna Loy as romantic leads in a film.

When the film opens Tony is a lawyer with a hole in the wall office on the East Side of New York City. He's defending neighborhood hoods and ripped off struggling businessmen, but he wants more - he wants to be a big shot. He gets what he wants and then some and the film shows his trek through the ups and downs of an uptown practice, his run-ins with the corrupt political boss of the city that can't decide if he wants to hire Tony or rub him out, and the high society ladies who use him and lose him along the way.

The final speech by Tony as he makes a crucial career decision will have you going huh?? where did that come from?? as there has been no indication that Tony is learning anything from any of this up to the last two minutes. Still it's enjoyable to see darts flying from Joan Blondell's eyes and William Powell unruffled in the the face of bullets, ballots, or blackmail. I'd recommend this one to anyone who enjoys the precodes, and in particular the fast moving WB precodes.

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