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The Mouthpiece (1932)

Unrated | | Drama | 7 May 1932 (USA)
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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Tony Rocco (as J. Carroll Naish)
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John 'Johnny' Morris
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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 guilty racketeers, but eventually sees the errors of his ways. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Mannen utan samvete  »

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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

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 »

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Miss Hickey, Day's Secretary: It's all in the days work, said the street sweeper to the elephant.
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Version of Illegal (1955) 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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Deja vu!
9 September 2014 | by (Fort Scott, Kansas) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed watching this film recently on the Turner Classic Movies channel, and I think the other reviews here describe it pretty well. I would just like to add that a few weeks earlier I had seen another movie on TCM called "Lawyer Man", starring William Powell and Joan Blondell. It was more breezy (and with more sex), but "Lawyer Man" and "The Mouthpiece" were both released in 1932 from the Warner Brothers studio, with the irony being that the plots are so extremely similar, and even some of the plot devices are the same. I've known competing studios to release films with the same theme at the same time, but to have two such similar movies from the same studio in the same year is rare to my experience. It would be interesting to know the story behind that. Anyway, I heartily recommend both of these films for your viewing pleasure.


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