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The Man Who Talked Too Much (1940)

Approved | | Drama | 16 July 1940 (USA)
Assistant District Attorney Stephen Forbes, an impressive orator with a long list of convictions, resigns when an innocent boy is convicted and the real murderer confesses too late. He ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Reed
John L. Forbes
Slug 'Canvasback' McNutt
District Attorney Dickson
Tony Spirella
Joe Garland
Gerald Wilson
Clarence Kolb ...
Lefty Kyler
Edwin Stanley ...
District Attorney Nelson (as Ed Stanley)
Mrs. Knight (scenes deleted)


Assistant District Attorney Stephen Forbes, an impressive orator with a long list of convictions, resigns when an innocent boy is convicted and the real murderer confesses too late. He opens a cheap law office and his secretary Joan Reed goes with him. Business is bad until he ties up with J.B. Roscoe, the contact man between city hall and the underworld. Forbes moves to a swanky office and adds two people to his staff - his younger brother John, who he helped through law school, and Celia Farraday. Celia helps John win his first case and the two fall in love. John realizes his brother's firm isn't honest and wants to break the underworld contact. He opens Steve's safe for federal authorities hunting evidence against Roscoe. But the latter plants enough circumstantial evidence against John that the latter is convicted of murder and sent to death row. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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16 July 1940 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Good second feature that could have been more
17 February 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

The Man Who Talked Too Much presumably refers to George Brent, who plays a district attorney who sends an innocent man to the death house. To compensate for his mistake he becomes a struggling defense lawyer, eventually taking on some nasty gangland types in order to make ends meet. The film starts in terrific fashion and is well acted and written throughout, but it eventually bogs down into a standard 'B' plot of frame-ups and revenge. Nevertheless I recommend this to anyone interested in second features, and it certainly has the grit one expects of Warner crime films. Watch for Marc Lawrence in one of his patented bad guy roles.

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