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Mr. District Attorney (1947)


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Credited cast:
Steve Bennett
Craig Warren
Marcia Manning
James Randolph
Miss Miller
Ed Jamison
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Doris Houck ...
Secretary (as Doris Colleen)


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There's A Law Against A Woman Like Her!


Crime | Drama





Release Date:

20 February 1947 (USA)  »

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District Attorney  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Lively Little Programmer
28 November 2011 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

A young assistant DA gets mixed up with an unscrupulous woman and her criminally connected husband.

On the whole, the movie is a rather pleasant surprise, thanks to a lively cast and an edgy script. From the unpromising title, I expected a replay of the radio series that was nothing special. Instead, however, the movie plays more like a 40's noir than a legal documentary.

The story's crux revolves around Marcia's (Chapman) ruthless manipulations, and Chapman is excellent as the designing spider woman. As a result of the clever script and adept acting, it's hard to detect Marcia's true intentions. That leaves us in the same position as her paramour, the befuddled Steve (O'Keefe). But, Steve's none too ethical himself since he hires out to crooked businessman Randolph (Coulouris), after leaving the DA's office. Together, Marcia and Steve make a good tarnished pair, well suited to noir.

It's a dynamic Adolph Menjou as the truculent DA, however, who makes the film work. Thanks to actor Menjou, we understand why Steve has a love-hate relationship with his boss. As a result, Steve's basic dilemma revolves around which he will follow—the DA and his profession or Marcia and her allure. Fortunately, if things get too heavy, the lively Harrington (O'Shea) is around with his well-scripted quips.

Despite its assets, the film's far from a classic, but does remain a lively little programmer thanks to a large dose of Hollywood professionalism.

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