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20 February 1947 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Dennis O'Keefe ... Steve Bennett

Adolphe Menjou ... Craig Warren
Marguerite Chapman ... Marcia Manning
Michael O'Shea ... Harrington
George Coulouris ... James Randolph
Jeff Donnell ... Miss Miller
Steven Geray ... Berotti

Ralph Morgan ... Ed Jamison
John Kellogg ... Franzen
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Doris Houck ... Secretary (as Doris Colleen)
Robert Barron ... Leader of Gang (uncredited)
Joan Blair ... Mrs. Marsden (uncredited)
Willie Bloom ... Mug (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Bruce Cameron ... Guard (uncredited)
Noble 'Kid' Chissel ... Mug (uncredited)
Cliff Clark ... Police Captain Lambert (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Maitre D' (uncredited)
Frank Dae ... Judge (uncredited)
Johnny Duncan ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Ralf Harolde ... Mr. Marsden (uncredited)
Holmes Herbert ... Gallentyne (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Hood (uncredited)
Ernest Hilliard ... Businessman (uncredited)
Esther Howard ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Fred Howard ... Doctor (uncredited)
Boyd Irwin ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jerry Jerome ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Reporter (uncredited)
George Lloyd ... Bartender (uncredited)
Charles Marsh ... Ambulance Driver (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Judge (uncredited)
Howard Negley ... Detective (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Waiter (uncredited)

Frank Reicher ... Peter Lantz (uncredited)
Gene Roth ... Doorman (uncredited)
Cy Schindell ... Truck Driver (uncredited)
Arthur Space ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Ted Stanhope ... Maitre d' (uncredited)
Charles Trowbridge ... Longfield (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Attorney Harper (uncredited)
Lillian Wells ... Switchboard Operator (uncredited)

Frank Wilcox ... Defense Attorney (uncredited)
Robert Williams ... Reporter (uncredited)
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Directed by
Robert B. Sinclair 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ian McLellan Hunter 
Phillips Lord  radio series (as Phillips H. Lord)
Ben Markson  adaptation
Sidney Marshall  story

Produced by
Samuel Bischoff .... producer
Original Music by
Herschel Burke Gilbert  (as Herschel Gilbert)
Cinematography by
Bert Glennon 
Henry Freulich (uncredited)
Film Editing by
William A. Lyon  (as William Lyon)
Art Direction by
George Brooks 
Stephen Goosson 
Set Decoration by
Earl Teass 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Nicholson .... assistant director
Sound Department
Jack A. Goodrich .... sound (as Jack Goodrich)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ned Scott .... still photographer
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
Walter Sheets .... orchestrator (uncredited)

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USA:81 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)


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The Long Arm Of Menjou's Law, 22 May 2011
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

This film version of the popular radio and later television series stars Adolph Menjou in the title role as the incorruptible District Attorney of an unnamed city. Menjou's famous waxed mustache proved handy in the role as it suggested that other mustached DA who ran for president, Thomas E. Dewey.

The plot finds Menjou hiring Dennis O'Keefe after he overhears him quitting a case where he found the evidence bogus. That kind of integrity impresses Menjou and he puts him to work.

But O'Keefe has a weakness and it's for Marguerite Chapman one cold hearted minx if there ever was one. She skirted on a murder accomplice charge already and she's in the pay of construction tycoon George Coulouris. When O'Keefe begins investigating Coulouris, she's right there to tip him to every move.

Menjou busts them up, but O'Keefe takes it the wrong way and goes over to the dark side. It's only then we see just how evil Chapman is and she's one of the most evil women ever seen on the big screen this side of Jane Greer in Out Of The Past.

Michael O'Shea as Menjou's investigator and Jeff Donnell as the DA's secretary/receptionist also contribute some noteworthy characterizations as does Steven Geray who was a regular in these Columbia noir type films.

The image of Menjou as Dewey is reinforced in the film by the fact that he tells O'Keefe to be ready to work long and desultory hours in obtaining convictions. That is exactly what Dewey did to his staff, he drove himself just as hard. Curiously enough though the DA's name on the radio series is unmentioned, here his last name is Warren and another guy who was at one time the District Attorney of Alameda County which is Oakland in California was Governor of California when Mr. District Attorney came out. He would run with Dewey for Vice President in 1948 and later became one of our greatest Chief Justices, meaning of course Earl Warren.

Though Menjou and O'Keefe are fine, this film belongs to Marguerite Chapman in what was her career role in her screen career. Not much in the way of production, but a solid plot and characterization make Mr. District Attorney a good noir feature.

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