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Counsellor at Law (1933)

TV-G | | Drama | 25 December 1933 (USA)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Clara Langsner ...
John Hammond Dailey ...
Charlie McFadden (as J. Hammond Dailey)
Robert Gordon ...
Henry Susskind (as Bobby Gordon)
Malka Kornstein ...
Marvin Kline ...
T.H. Manning ...


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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25 December 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Staranwalt von Manhattan  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Bessie Green: [answering a call] I thought you were dead and buried. Well sure I missed you, like Booth missed Lincoln. What do you think I've been doing, sitting around the house embroidering doilies?
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Featured in American Masters: Directed by William Wyler (1986) See more »

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High Speed Fascinating Fun!
21 November 2002 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

Here is an example why many of the pictures of the early 30s stand out as great entertainment even in the 21st century.

In the newly opened Deco masterpiece, the Empire State Building, unfolds a story loaded with charm, attitude, and wise-cracking dialogue. John Barrymore was never better in a role! Director William Wyler draws the best from the supporting cast, too. Rare example of great comedy and drama that still works almost 70 years later.

Don't miss it--let's hope Universal and Kino Video release more of their library of 30s films--they stand the test of time with classic film fans!

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