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State's Attorney (1932)

Approved | | Drama | 20 May 1932 (USA)
Attorney Tom Cardigan is the discontented "mouthpiece" for Vanny Powers' mob. When Tom takes sweet June Perry as his mistress, she tries in vain to redeem him. But Powers decides Tom would ... See full summary »

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June Perry
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Lillian Ulrich
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Valentine 'Vanny' Powers (as William Boyd)
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Nora Dean
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Second Trial Defense Attorney
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Mario
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Attorney Grey
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Mr. Ulrich
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Attorney Tom Cardigan is the discontented "mouthpiece" for Vanny Powers' mob. When Tom takes sweet June Perry as his mistress, she tries in vain to redeem him. But Powers decides Tom would be even more useful to him as District Attorney, which he arranges with surprising ease...despite Tom's warning that "if I go on the other side, I'll stay there." Soon, Tom's ambition leads him to ditch June for the daughter of political boss Ulric. The crisis arrives when Powers goes on trial for a killing...witnessed by June. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Invincible At Law... Irresistable At Love!

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20 May 1932 (USA)  »

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A Última Acusação  »

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Trivia

The trial of Nora Dean is loosely based on the famous trial of Ruth Snyder who was convicted along with her lover, Henry Judd Gray, of killing Ruth's husband Albert. Mrs. Snyder was electrocuted for the crime. A picture of the execution was posted on the front page of the New York Daily News. See more »

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Later in the movie, when June Perry is brought into Cardigan's office as Jane Doe, he calls her Joan, instead of June. See more »

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Referenced in Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film (2008) See more »

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The Wedding March
(uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played by John Barrymore by striking partially filled beer glasses
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Interesting PreCode Drama
17 September 1999 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

Barrymore is an attorney with little fixed principles except a taste for women and booze. One night, he defends a prostitute at night court. She comes home with him, and the two live together openly. After becoming a D.A.t hough he leaves her until he suffers a crisis of conscience that comes about in an unusual way, but his resolution is more unusual still.

This is a classic Pre Code drama. The openness and acceptance of an alternative (at that time) lifestyle, and moral ambiguity mark this as a film coming from when America was going through one of its roughest times--the Great Depression--and didn't know how things will work out.

Barrymore's acting is wonderful, and this is one of his best pieces of work in the talkies. This and its unusual theme mark this as an interesting piece for the early film fan.


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