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Director:
Writers:
W.R. Burnett (screenplay) and
James R. Webb (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
16 March 1956 (France) See more »
Tagline:
He was a guy who marked 100 men for death - until a blonde called 'Angel' O'Hara marked him for life! See more »
Plot:
After an overly aggressive district attorney unknowingly sends an innocent man to the chair, he resigns, turns to drinking, and acquires a criminal clientèle. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
A Clever Man and a Wrong Move See more (26 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Edward G. Robinson ... Victor Scott

Nina Foch ... Ellen Miles

Hugh Marlowe ... Ray Borden

Jayne Mansfield ... Angel O'Hara

Albert Dekker ... Frank Garland
Howard St. John ... E.A. Smith

Ellen Corby ... Miss Hinkel

Edward Platt ... Ralph Ford
Jan Merlin ... Andy Garth

Robert Ellenstein ... Joe Knight
Jay Adler ... Joseph Carter
Henry Kulky ... Taylor
James McCallion ... Allen Parker
Addison Richards ... Steve Harper
Lawrence Dobkin ... Al Carol

DeForest Kelley ... Edward Clary (as DeForest Kelly)
Clark Howat ... George Graves
Stewart Nedd ... Phillips (as Stuart Nedd)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Alcaide ... Cop at Property Desk (uncredited)
John Alvin ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Roxanne Arlen ... Ginnie Hathaway (uncredited)
Phil Arnold ... News Vendor (uncredited)
Baynes Barron ... District Attorney's Man (uncredited)
Don Bender ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Julie Bennett ... Ms. Worth (uncredited)
John Beradino ... Scott's Client (uncredited)
Alexander Campbell ... Municipal Court Judge (uncredited)
Dee Carroll ... Ruth (uncredited)
John Cliff ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
John Close ... Prison Switchboard Guard (uncredited)
Fred Coby ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Diana Darrin ... Dorothy (uncredited)
Pauline Drake ... Woman (uncredited)
Charles Evans ... Judge (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Charlie Hall ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Mark Hanna ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jonathan Hole ... Doctor (uncredited)
Larry Hudson ... Detective (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Restaurant Patron / Courtroom Photographer (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
John Larch ... District Attorney's Man (uncredited)
Kathy Marlowe ... Gloria Benson (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ... Party Waiter (uncredited)
John McKee ... Detective (uncredited)
Charles Meredith ... Judge (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Man in Drunk Tank (uncredited)
Eleanor Moore ... Mrs. Seltzer (uncredited)
Grandon Rhodes ... John Seltzer (uncredited)
Suzanne Ridgeway ... Party Guest (uncredited)
George Ross ... Cop (uncredited)
Henry Rowland ... Jailer (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Ted Stanhope ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Marjorie Stapp ... Night Orderly (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Courtroom Well-Wisher (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Juror (uncredited)
Archie Twitchell ... Mr. Manning (uncredited)
Herb Vigran ... Municipal Court Bailiff (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Bartender (uncredited)
Gil Warren ... Foreman (uncredited)
Justice Watson ... Judge Wick (uncredited)

Directed by
Lewis Allen 
 
Writing credits
W.R. Burnett (screenplay) and
James R. Webb (screenplay)

Frank J. Collins (story)

Produced by
Frank P. Rosenberg .... producer
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
J. Peverell Marley (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Thomas Reilly 
 
Art Direction by
Stanley Fleischer 
 
Set Decoration by
William Wallace 
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup artist
Pat O'Grady .... body makeup (uncredited)
Tillie Starriett .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Henry Vilardo .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Philip Quinn .... assistant director (as Phil Quinn)
C. Carter Gibson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ben L. Goldman .... assistant props (uncredited)
Harry Goldman .... props (uncredited)
Bill Hall .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Stanley Jones .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Eddie Leon Albert .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Wesley Anderson .... camera operator (uncredited)
Charles Harris .... head grip (uncredited)
Burt Jones .... best boy (uncredited)
Mac Julian .... still photographer (uncredited)
Richard L. Wilson .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Moss Mabry .... wardrobe
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Charles W. Mack .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Leon Roberts .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Marguerite Royce .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Lloyd Nosler .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Murray Cutter .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Fred Applegate .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Richard LaMarr .... stand-in: Edward G. Robinson (uncredited)
Jackson Parks .... publicist (uncredited)
Eugene Williams .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
88 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (certificate #17439) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Trivia:
The film was (often unfavorably) compared to John Huston's The Asphalt Jungle (1950), right down to the presence of a pneumatic female starlet in a supporting role. In Huston's film, the wordless part was an early break for Marilyn Monroe. Here, it's a key role for Jayne Mansfield.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Victor Scott addresses the jury he refers to the 45 revolver used to kill Gloria Benson in the opening scene. The gun in fact is a semi-automatic pistol, not a revolver.See more »
Quotes:
Miss Hinkel:[answering the phone] Mr. Scott's office.
[pause]
Miss Hinkel:No, this is not the Safeway Cleaners and Dryers!
[hanging up]
Miss Hinkel:Some idiot wants his pants pressed. Maybe we oughta get a new number.
Victor Scott:Not so fast. We may be pressing pants again.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Zodiac (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
Too Marvelous for WordsSee more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A Clever Man and a Wrong Move, 24 October 2011
Author: rpvanderlinden from Toronto, Canada

"Illegal" is an intelligent and nimble little crackerjack of a crime thriller starring Edward G. Robinson as a D.A who's maybe a little too smart - and smart-assed - for his own good. He's ruthless because his job requires him to be. He wins cases. That's what he's paid for. He's quick of wit and tongue. He's ambitious, canny and - technically, at least - in compliance with the law. He's, at heart, a good man, and he's in the public eye, but he's not universally well-liked. One day, he sends the wrong man to the chair. And he comes undone.

This sets in motion a plot that winds and twists without becoming outlandish. The picture, which doesn't strike me as a "noir", moves at a nice clip, each of the broad spectrum of characters is painted with a defining brush stroke, and the dialogue is efficient and snappy. It's the kind of movie that hooks you and hooks you good. It did me.

"Illegal" is, above all, an Edward G. Robinson picture. It doesn't seem like a star vehicle. Robinson shares the screen with everyone, yet he is such a forceful presence and creates such a complex and complicated character, sympathetic yet warped, you search him out in every scene. You want to watch him. He's magnetic. I'm becoming a real Edward G. Robinson fan on the strength of his 40's and 50's films alone, some of them comic reminders of his earlier gangster persona. He's as good in this movie as he is in "Scarlet Street", which I saw recently for the first time and which, well... kinda sorta blew my mind. I've lived a little and can recognize the truths that some of these lively, well-written B-movies shine a light on.

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