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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 Vince Day character is very loosely based on Bill "The Great Mouthpiece" Fallon, one of the great criminal defense attorneys of the 1920s, who successfully defended gambler Arnold Rothstein in the "Black Sox" Fix of the 1919 World Series. See more »

Goofs

Just as Vince's car drives off after picking up Celia during her last day, a lighting stand can be seen briefly across a doorstep. 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 »

Soundtracks

Just a Cottage Small (By a Waterfall)
(uncredited)
Music by James F. Hanley
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva
Sung by an unidentified female singer
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smoothy Williams
16 September 2005 | by (london) – See all my reviews

As a retired lawyer i would have loved to have the great art deco office in which Williams luxuriates.Also if only i could have had a secretary like Aline MacMahon!Obviously Williams doesn't realise what a gem he has in MacMahon and decides he would try the lounge lizard approach with innocent Fox.Now why she wants to marry her simpering boyfriend rather than enjoy a life of luxury with Williams is a mystery.After all going up to his flat to work in the middle of the evening seems a bit strange,and to find your boss in a smoking jacket even stranger.In my view this is a hugely entertaining film,which i had seen only once before at the NFT.I cannot understand why BBC and Channel 4 in particular are quite happy to show Randolph Scott and Audie Murphy westerns for the umpteenth time but cannot give air time to this film and other classic films of the era.


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