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20 February 1947 (USA) See more »
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Noir based on the radio show See more (6 total) »


  (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)
Larry Arnold ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Al Bain ... Mug (uncredited)
Robert Barron ... Leader of Gang (uncredited)
Joan Blair ... Mrs. Marsden (uncredited)
Willie Bloom ... Mug (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Mr. James (uncredited)
Bruce Cameron ... Guard (uncredited)
Steve Carruthers ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Noble 'Kid' Chissell ... Mug (uncredited)
Cliff Clark ... Police Captain Lambert (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Maitre D' (uncredited)
Frank Dae ... Judge (uncredited)
Johnny Duncan ... Newsboy (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Rudy Germane ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Jack Gordon ... Mug (uncredited)
Ralf Harolde ... Mr. Marsden (uncredited)
Lars Hensen ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Holmes Herbert ... Gallentyne (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Hood (uncredited)
Ernest Hilliard ... Businessman (uncredited)
Jimmie Horan ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Esther Howard ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Fred Howard ... Doctor (uncredited)
Boyd Irwin ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jerry Jerome ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Reporter (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Executive (uncredited)
George Lloyd ... Bartender (uncredited)
Charles Marsh ... Ambulance Driver (uncredited)
Clyde McLeod ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Charles McQuary ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Judge (uncredited)
Howard Negley ... Detective (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Waiter (uncredited)
Bob Reeves ... Detective (uncredited)

Frank Reicher ... Peter Lantz (uncredited)
Clark Ross ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Gene Roth ... Doorman (uncredited)
Jerry Rush ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Cy Schindell ... Truck Driver (uncredited)
Arthur Space ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Ted Stanhope ... Maitre d' (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Charles Trowbridge ... Longfield (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Attorney Harper (uncredited)
Lillian Wells ... Switchboard Operator (uncredited)
Blackie Whiteford ... Mug (uncredited)

Frank Wilcox ... Defense Attorney (uncredited)
Robert Williams ... Reporter (uncredited)

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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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Noir based on the radio show, 24 November 2008
Author: blanche-2 from United States

"Mr. District Attorney" is a 1947 film starring Dennis O'Keefe, Michael O'Shea, Marguerite Chapman and Adolphe Menjou. It has a solid B cast that includes Jeff Donnell and George Coulouris. O'Keefe plays Steve Bennett, a defense attorney who is offered a job in the DA's office by Craig Warren (Menjou) and accepts. Unfortunately he's being played by the Chapman character, Marcia Manning, who's trying to get information from him that will help the case of her boyfriend, James Randolph (Coulouris). By listening in on a phone conversation, she finds out about a witness, who suddenly disappears.

Warren suspects Manning, who has a police record, so he sends Steve to Italy to find a witness and convinces Marcia to get out of his life. She does so, by marrying Randolph. When Steve returns and finds his girlfriend married, he blames Warren and quits the DA's office, making him ripe for exploitation by Randolph yet again.

This is an okay film, brightened by the performance of Michael O'Shea as an investigator who works in the DA's office. Menjou is very good as the DA. O'Keefe is a likable and attractive actor who doesn't register much here. Chapman is effective. I mainly know who she is from the '80s, where she was selling her own memorabilia and always had an ad in "Hollywood Studio Magazine." The movie felt a little dragged out.

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