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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
William 'Stage' Boyd ...
Valentine 'Vanny' Powers (as William Boyd)
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Nora Dean
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Second Trial Defense Attorney
Albert Conti ...
Mario
Frederick Burton ...
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Attorney Grey
Paul Hurst ...
Police Captain Morgan
Oscar Apfel ...
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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A Profile In Courage
17 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Made when the Studios were Mostly, well, Studio Bound and Early Talkies were, well, a lot of Talk, this one had the Pleasure of an Actor who could Really Talk. John Barrymore had been doing it ever since Pictures Moved.

Coupled with a Heavy Stage Experience, He became one of the most Respected Actors of His Era. Although Surprisingly never Nominated for an Academy Award (He famously said they were afraid I would show up drunk and embarrass them and myself).

This Film also had the Advantage of a Pre-Code Freedom to Exercise some later to be Forbidden Behavior like Premarital Sex, and other Innuendos. But it is Barrymore's Charisma and Naturalism that Endears this Courtroom and Political Drama, also Helped by a Strong Supporting Cast.

It is Less Ham than usual for 'The Profile" and the Movie has a lot of Long Dialog Scenes that are Fascinating to Watch. This makes for a somewhat Stilted but Compelling Drama that is an Actor's Showcase and Barrymore Effortlessly Delivers.


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