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Counsellor at Law (1933)

 -  Drama  -  25 December 1933 (USA)
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Successful attorney has his Jewish heritage and poverty-stricken background brought home to him when he learns his wife has been unfaithful.

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Crackerjack lawyer George Simon is a workaholic, and a successful one, at that. Having just gotten a woman acquited of a murder charge, he is juggling cases ranging from breaking a will to quashing the disorderly conduct charges against the son of a woman he knew in the old neighborhood, before he became a hot shot counsellor. He adores his wife Cora, who feels she married a bit below her station. His step-children think so, too. His secretary Rexy adores him, although he is oblivious to the fact. Threatened with losing his practice due to a discretion in a case seven years earlier, his wife leaves for Europe until the scandal blows over, and he comes to realize (just in time) who his true friends are. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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According to DeWitt Bodeen "Counsellor at Law" was the first film in which Barrymore suffered a prolonged bout of memory loss. Called back for retakes. the sober actor did 56 unsuccessful takes for director William Wyler, who postponed it to the following morning when a still sober Barrymore did it on the first take. See more »

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Simply the Best
4 February 2000 | by (Huntsville, Texas) – See all my reviews

DO NOT MISS THIS ONE (if you can find it)! Distributors, for shame for not releasing it!

This is a fast-paced, tautly directed masterpiece, combining the fabulous director William Wyler ("Dodsworth," "The Best Years of Our Lives") with the great John Barrymore, who, despite his late middle years, remains at the height of his powers.

The various story lines are woven together with unbelievable dexterity--Wyler already displays the masterful yet natural style for which he became famous. Barrymore's range and intensity are simply unbelievable. He is charisma personified.

And the story is based on the eternal theme of social values vs. human values. Not to mention it's borne out of that yummy early-30's "art-deco" period, an era where films got surprisingly frank.

One of the best and least-known films of the century. How come so much junk and so few films like this are out on video!


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