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The People Against O'Hara (1951)

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
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District Attorney Louis Barra
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Sol 'Knuckles' Lanzetta
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John Fordman 'Johnny' O'Hara
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Mrs. Katrina Lanzetta
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Sven Norson
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Frank Korvac
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Jeff Chapman
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Judge Keating
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Mr. O'Hara
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Mrs. Peg O'Hara
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Betty Clark, Policewoman
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Capt. Tom Mulvaney
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Jim Curtayne, formerly a successful criminal defense attorney and currently a recovering alcoholic, has turned to civil law because of his problems with the bottle, daughter Ginny delays marrying in order to keep her dad on the straight and narrow, but when the son of neighborhood friends is accused of murder, he is lured into returning to criminal law. Complications arise as the initially overconfident Curtayne experiences lapses inn memory and judgment as well as an uncooperative client. He finds himself well over his head as he tries to reclaim his self-confidence and professional standing. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Against sinister forces that prey on youth! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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1 September 1951 (USA)  »

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Le peuple accuse O'Hara  »

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1.37 : 1
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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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Sol 'Knuckles' Lanzetta: [Watching Curtanne take a drink] Couldn't beat it, could yuh? Just a worn out old lush!
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The People Against O'Hara (1951)
3 January 2012 | by (Portland OR) – See all my reviews

Spencer Tracy plays a seasoned attorney with his work cut out for him defending a young man in a murder trial. In some ways a routine courtroom drama, but it goes beyond that. Tracy is terrific, doing his usual crusty cynic bit but that's what we love him for. The role has some depth to it, as the character is a struggling alcoholic who makes a mistake in a moment of weakness. The rest of the cast doesn't match his performance, although John Hodiak is pretty good as the opposing counsel. The plot takes some interesting turns and goes into true noir territory in the third act. And cinematography by John Alton... need I say more? Those brilliant patches of light amidst deep, deep shadows look fantastic as always. I'll be honest, courtroom movies don't generally excite me, but this one is a cut above the usual fare.


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