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20 February 1947 (USA) See more »
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Dennis O' Keefe's love for Marguerite Chapman leads him into big trouble See more (5 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)
Robert Barron ... Leader of Gang (uncredited)
Joan Blair ... Mrs. Marsden (uncredited)
Willie Bloom ... Mug (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Bruce Cameron ... Guard (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)
Noble "Kid" Chissell ... Mug (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)

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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Dennis O' Keefe's love for Marguerite Chapman leads him into big trouble, 18 August 2013
Author: msroz from United States

I was expecting a bland b-movie but Columbia delivered a cracking good film noir in "Mr. District Attorney" (1947).

The cask of pros sparkles in a twisty and fast-moving story. Look who is in this: Dennis O'Keefe as an honest assistant d.a., Adolphe Menjou as his fast-talking and thinking boss, Marguerite Chapman as a femme fatale whom O'Keefe cannot resist, George Coulouris as a businessman who employs tough tactics and hoods like John Kellogg, Steven Geray as his scheming accountant. Michael O'Shea provides light-hearted support, but nothing that disturbs the picture's serious mood. Ralph Morgan puts in a brief appearance too.

The attractive Chapman has a questionable past but when Menjou tries to shield O'Keefe from her, the attempt backfires. He cannot resist her (and she him) even after she marries Coulouris.

This fine movie came packaged in Vol. 8 of VCI's forgotten noir series. The print is excellent.

I'll add that Chapman is a knockout. She sports long dark hair and a 5' 7'' physique. A real looker who attracted many men in Hollywood.

I admit to being an absolute sucker for many of these beautiful ladies that Hollywood recruited, and they do not have to take off their clothes on the screen for anyone with eyes to appreciate their beauty. I can understand O'Keefe's infatuation for her in this movie, even after he knows she's a murderess. And she knows she has him hooked too. She makes this movie, adding considerable spice to it. Without her, it's a bunch of dull men running around, but she energizes them all!!

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