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The People Against O'Hara (1951)

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Jim Curtayne, formerly a successful defense attorney who is now a recovering alcoholic, attempts a comeback when he defends a neighbor's son a homicide charge.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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James P. Curtayne
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Det. Vincent Ricks
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Virginia 'Ginny' Curtayne
John Hodiak ...
District Attorney Louis Barra
Eduardo Ciannelli ...
Sol 'Knuckles' Lanzetta
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John Fordman 'Johnny' O'Hara
Yvette Duguay ...
Mrs. Katrina Lanzetta
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Sven Norson
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Frank Korvac
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Jeff Chapman
Henry O'Neill ...
Judge Keating
Arthur Shields ...
Mr. O'Hara
Louise Lorimer ...
Mrs. Peg O'Hara
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Betty Clark, Policewoman
Emile Meyer ...
Capt. Tom Mulvaney
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Storyline

James Curtayne has retired from law but he returns to defend John O'Hara on a murder charge. Curtayne's drinking and rustiness result in O'Hara's being found guilty, but Curtayne makes further efforts to prove him innocent. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Against sinister forces that prey on youth! See more »

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1 September 1951 (USA)  »

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Le peuple accuse O'Hara  »

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Although almost all of the film takes place in New York City, there is less than 5 minutes of footage filmed on location in the City of New York. See more »

Goofs

When Curtayne walks up to the bar to order a short beer, a moving shadow of the boom microphone and cables can be seen in the mirror behind the bar. See more »

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Postal Clerk: Oh, you're an attorney?
James P. Curtayne: Yeah.
Postal Clerk: Then you should know about a court order.
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" There is a goal in my life and that's the law, I just have to remember where I put it "
11 November 2010 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

After a successful career as a D. A, James P. Curtayne (Spencer Tracy) decides to forgo civil law and accept a homicide criminal case involving an old time family friend. Det. Vincent Ricks (Pat O'Brien) a police detective and friend advises him as does his daughter Virginia (Diana Lynn) not to do it as does his heart and former bout with alcoholism. Still Johnny O'Hara (James Arness) needs his established reputation to save him from prison. The story is fraught with dangers which involve the local mob as well as Curtayne's inability to deal with his return to drinking as the case tests his ethics. For Tracy this is a remarkable film as one sees the sober lawyer deal with an inability to deal with his weaknesses. This remarkable B/W film is designed to entertain and highlight Tracy's unique talent. A great movie and one easily recommended to Tracy fans. Although not credited, you can see a very young Charles Bronson making an appearance. ****


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