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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:
Almost Forgotten Noir See more (29 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)
Leon Alton ... Court Clerk (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)
Paul Bradley ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg ... Defendant (uncredited)
John Breen ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
George Bruggeman ... Guard (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)
Tom Coleman ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Oliver Cross ... Client Leaving Office (uncredited)
Diana Darrin ... Dorothy (uncredited)
Pauline Drake ... Woman (uncredited)
Charles Evans ... Judge (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Adolph Faylauer ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
James Gonzalez ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Robert Haines ... Juror (uncredited)
Charlie Hall ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Stuart Hall ... Department Head (uncredited)
Mark Hanna ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ed Haskett ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Jonathan Hole ... Doctor (uncredited)
Jimmie Horan ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Larry Hudson ... Detective (uncredited)
Dick Johnstone ... Barfly (uncredited)
Fred Kelsey ... Courtroom Spectator (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)
Mathew McCue ... Defendant (uncredited)
John McKee ... Detective (uncredited)
William Meader ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Charles Meredith ... Judge (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Man in Drunk Tank (uncredited)
Eleanor Moore ... Mrs. Seltzer (uncredited)
Sol Murgi ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Gilman Rankin ... Juror (uncredited)
Anthony Redondo ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Waclaw Rekwart ... Restaurant Patron (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)
Phil Schumacher ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Scott Seaton ... Juror (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ... Paramedic (uncredited)
Stephen Soldi ... Juror (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:
Film debut of Jayne Mansfield.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:
Joseph Carter:I'm through with mouthpieces. They take the fees, and I take the rap! Ahh!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Zodiac (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
Too Marvelous for WordsSee more »

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56 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
Almost Forgotten Noir, 2 May 2009
Author: jpdoherty from Ireland

A remake of Warner's "The Mouthpiece" (1932) "Illegal" is a substantial half forgotten Noir! Directed for Warners in 1955 by Englishman Lewis Allen it stars Edward G. Robinson as a highly accomplished prosecuting attorney who becomes disillusioned when he learns that the man he was responsible for sending to the electric chair (a young DeForest Kelly) has finally been exonerated and found to be innocent after all. With his reputation now in tatters he hits the bottle ending up on skid row. But he slowly picks himself up from the gutter becomes a defence lawyer and a "fixer" for racketeer Albert Dekker. Robinson is terrific in it! His screen presence - with that soft spoken matter of fact acting style - is altogether appealing. This, after "Key Largo" (1948) was his first picture for the studio since his contract ended with them in 1942. And while not being an overly auspicious return it wasn't a bad one either. Others in the cast are Nina Foch, Hugh Marlowe and making her debut , as Dekker's moll, the voluptuous Jayne Mansfield with the dubious moniker Angel O'Hara (Dekker auditioning her as she plays the piano glibly declares to Robinson "interesting girl - lives and breaths music!"). A fairly engaging movie, nicely written and sharply photographed in monochrome by Perverell Marley. The studio's legendary composer Max Steiner provides an attractive score which gives the movie an agreeable pace.

"Illegal" is the second feature on this excellent DVD that also features RKO's enjoyable Mitchum Noir "The Big Steal" (1949). A splendid package this fine double bill comes with trailers and commentaries for both movies plus a featurette. Interestingly the commentary on "Illegal" is spoken by the film's leading lady Nina Foch (she pronounces it Fash) who informs us that she now teaches film directing at USC. Not bad for an 84 year old! Also Robinson is interviewed on set by the ill-fated Gig Young where we learn that Robinson loaned some of his prized and valuable paintings from his famous art collection to the studio for use in the picture. They can readily be seen in the movie in Dekker's palatial apartment.

Classic line from "Illegal" - when Robinson warns Dekker not to blame him if the court case goes wrong - Dekker responds "I don't blame people - I bury 'em"!

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