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The Man Who Talked Too Much (1940)

Passed | | 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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Joan Reed
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John L. Forbes
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Slug 'Canvasback' McNutt
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District Attorney Dickson
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Tony Spirella
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Joe Garland
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Gerald Wilson
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Lefty Kyler
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District Attorney Nelson (as Ed Stanley)
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Mrs. Knight (scenes deleted)
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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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HE COULD TALK ANY WOMAN INTO ANYTHING...until one little girl came along who talked and acted even a little too fast for him! (original print ad) See more »

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If Nothing Else, A Cogent Argument Against The Death Penalty
18 March 2006 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

This opens with lawyer George Brent probing a man guilty in court. The guy is sent to prison and is readied for the electric chair. New evidence comes to light: He is innocent. There are frantic attempts to reach the warden. But they;re unsuccessful. An innocent man has been killed as we watch the flicker of the chair.

This all happens in the first few minutes. It's giving nothing away. The rest of the movie involves Brent's deciding to make some money and starting to defend shady characters. His loyal secretary Virginia Bruce goes with him. (What a beauty she was! Such a haunting look.) His brother William Lundigan has graduated from law school. Etc. Brenda Marshall has too small a role. It hops the track but in some ways is an early noir.


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