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Society Lawyer (1939)

Passed | | Drama, Music, Mystery | 21 March 1939 (USA)
Society lawyer Christopher Durant agrees to defend his friend Phil Siddall when Siddall is arrested for the murder of an ex-girlfriend. With the help of nightclub singer Pat Abbott and ... See full summary »

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Pat Abbott
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Tony Gazotti
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Jim Crelliman
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Phil Siddall
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Sue Leonard
Ann Morriss ...
Judy Barton
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Layton
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Lieutenant Stevens
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Max (as Edward S. Brophy)
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Alf
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Mr. Leonard
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Henry V. Adams
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Schmidt
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Murtock
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Society lawyer Christopher Durant agrees to defend his friend Phil Siddall when Siddall is arrested for the murder of an ex-girlfriend. With the help of nightclub singer Pat Abbott and crime boss Tony Gazotti (a former client), Durant launches his own investigation of the murder in order to prove his friend's innocence. Written by Anonymous

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She was killed 40 floors above Park Avenue! Can you solve the crime in the clouds? (original ad) See more »


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21 March 1939 (USA)  »

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Penthouse  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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A plagiarism suit was filed by Robert Brister and Harry T. Bliven against the use of the title, but it was dismissed by the court. See more »

Connections

Remake of Penthouse (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm In Love with the Honorable Mr So & So
(1939)
Music and Lyrics by Sam Coslow
Played during the opening credits, the end credits and as background music often
Sung by Virginia Bruce (uncredited) in a nightclub
Reprised a cappella by her in Durant's apartment
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A White-Telephone Picture
13 October 2005 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

Walter Pigeon and gangsters. OK.

The plot is good. The haunting Virginia Bruce is as good as she always was. Those pale, worried looking eyes were unique! Too bad she didn't have a true A-list career. Lee Bowman is good too, in a small but pivotal role.

The gangsters are not e believable. They are sort of goofy and sometimes comical. OK, this is not a film noir. But murder and corruption aren't cute. They are made to seem so here. It's a chic bonbon made to look like a thriller. Costume changes are the order of the day


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