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The Mouthpiece (1932)

 -  Drama  -  7 May 1932 (USA)
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When a hot young prosecutor learns that a man he got convicted and executed was in fact innocent, he quits his DA job and becomes a defense attorney. He grows rich and powerful defending ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Warren William ...
Vincent 'Vince' Day
Sidney Fox ...
Celia Farraday
Aline MacMahon ...
Miss Hickey, Day's Secretary
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Mr. Barton
Mae Madison ...
Elaine
Ralph Ince ...
J.B. Roscoe
Morgan Wallace ...
E.A. Smith
Guy Kibbee ...
Bartender
J. Carrol Naish ...
Tony Rocco (as J. Carroll Naish)
Walter Walker ...
District Attorney Forbes
Stanley Fields ...
Mr. Pondapolis
Murray Kinnell ...
Thompson, Day's Butler
Noel Francis ...
Miss DeVere
William Janney ...
John 'Johnny' Morris
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Storyline

When a hot young prosecutor learns that a man he got convicted and executed was in fact innocent, he quits his DA job and becomes a defense attorney. He grows rich and powerful defending guilty racketeers, but eventually sees the errors of his ways. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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7 May 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pela Mão de Sua Dama  »

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Trivia

The character played by Warren William was supposedly based on William Fallon, a notorious New York lawyer. See more »

Goofs

As we follow Vince Day across a street in a crane shot, the shadow of the crane, as well as a camera and cameraman and focus puller, fall across the street in front of him. See more »

Quotes

Miss Hickey, Day's Secretary: It's all in the days work, said the street sweeper to the elephant.
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Connections

Version of The Man Who Talked Too Much (1940) See more »

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Frankie and Johnny
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Music by Bert Leighton
Played when Vince is at the later party
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Another Warren William Winner
25 March 2001 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A disillusioned Assistant DA becomes THE MOUTHPIECE for a scurvy assortment of crooks & criminals. His new public persona is mirrored by his shady, lustful private life. Can the influence of two very different women save him before it's too late?

Warren William drives this very entertaining, albeit forgotten courtroom melodrama. With its rapid-fire plot & smart aleck dialogue, the film is a perfect representation of its era.

William was ideal at this kind of role; indeed, he played several others in the early 1930's which were almost mirror images of Vincent Day, the shyster lawyer he gives life to here. With his patrician bearing & interesting bass voice, William's characters were always worth watching. In this film, his courtroom scenes are especially engrossing as he engages in histrionics & sly subterfuge to sway the juries. It is to Hollywood's discredit that this very fine actor is virtually unknown today.

Aline MacMahon gives another of her splendid performances, here as William's world-weary, tough-as-nails secretary who secretly loves him. Sidney Fox is very good as the innocent Southern girl who's smart enough to recognize William's wicked ways.

Guy Kibbee has the small role of a sympathetic bartender. Movie mavens will spot an uncredited Charles Lane as a hotel clerk.


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