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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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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)  »

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Der Staranwalt von Manhattan  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)

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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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Bessie Green: Who's calling, please? Mr. McKey? K as in kitty?
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Great Acting by John Barrymore
3 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Always admired John Barrymore and his great acting skills and in this picture he plays a Jewish Lawyer, (George Simon),"Midnight",'39, who is very successful and climbs to the top of his profession, not only helping the very rich but also his old time neighbors and especially is mother. William Wyler directed this great film classic and was able to help John Barrymore give an outstanding performance despite his drinking problem. It was in this picture that John Barrymore started to forget his lines and need cue cards, however, he gave an outstanding performance. The entire film was at a very fast pace with all the actors running through their dialog which was the practice during the early 1930's. Melvyn Douglas,(Roy Darwin),"The Old Dark House",'32, played a very brief role and managed to steal George Simon's wife away from him on a cruise. This is a great film classic and worth the time to view.


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