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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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Storyline

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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O'HARA MIGHT BEAT MURDER - IF HIS LAWYER CAN BEAT THE BOTTLE! 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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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Det. Vincent Ricks: [Ricks brings in Frank Korvac] Here he is... people's witness.
District Attorney Louis Barra: [Contemptuously] People's witness? People's slob!
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A fall from grace.
9 November 2003 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

This is a tidy crime drama about a "retired" attorney(Spenser Tracy)dealing with his own unethical behavior. Well written and photographed. An apt group of players support the flawless Tracy: Pat O'Brien, John Hodiak, Regis Toomey, Diana Lynn and James Arness. Worth your attention.


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