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Director:
Writers:
W.R. Burnett (screenplay) and
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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:
E.G. Robinson in legal thriller that's better than its parts, thanks to director Lewis Allen See more (26 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
An example of the kind of films that Edward G. Robinson was reduced to making, having fallen foul of the House Committee on Un-American Activities.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: When the newspaper salesman sells a paper to a man on the street following Clary's execution, nothing is printed on the back side.See more »
Quotes:
Victor Scott:As for me, I'd rather see a hundred guilty men go free than convict another innocent man.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Illegal: Marked for Life (2007) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Too Marvelous for WordsSee more »

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21 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
E.G. Robinson in legal thriller that's better than its parts, thanks to director Lewis Allen, 11 August 2002
Author: bmacv from Western New York

Illegal puts Edward G. Robinson through more perils than Pauline ever suffered. A tenacious District Attorney on his way to the governor's mansion, he resigns when a man he had sent to the electric chair proves innocent. But the civil practice he hopes to undertake goes bust, and he takes to the bottle (a plot development which goes nowhere).

Down and out, he defends a fellow inmate he encounters in a holding cell, and decides to apply his legal acumen to becoming a sharp, high-priced criminal attorney. To get off a guilty client, he grandstands in court by downing a bottle of poison placed in evidence, only to rush off to have his stomach pumped. (This particular ploy was originated by George Brent in 1940's The Man Who Talked Too Much.) He's such a brilliant mouthpiece he comes to the attention of civic crime boss Albert Dekker, whose blandishments he tries to resist.

Meanwhile, back at the D.A.'s office, he's left behind his protégé Nina Foch (looking matronly), whom he had taken under his wing when her father, an old mentor of his, passed away. Though he harbors romantic feelings for her, he gives his blessing when she announces her marriage to a young, ambitious lawyer, Hugh Marlowe. But a series of leaks from the office concerning Dekker's activities brings suspicion on all three. Ultimately, Robinson finds himself defending Foch for murder, during which Jayne Mansfield, Dekker's mistress, sashays to the witness stand in a wasp-waisted black outfit, replete with picture hat.....

The fast and too complicated plot takes a few pointless and baffling turns. Though on the talky side, there's a high quotient of gunplay. Still, it's absorbing. Robinson, still in his early-50s string of B-pictures owing to his guilt-by-association in the wake of the anti-Communist crusade, holds everything together with his bag of old tricks. And credit must go also to director Lewis Allen, who somehow brought a distinctiveness to several of his films which otherwise might have passed unnoticed: Desert Fury, Chicago Deadline, Suddenly. It's hard to point out just how, but he brought some of it to Illegal, too.

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