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The Trial of Mary Dugan (1929)

Mary Dugan, a Broadway showgirl, is charged with murder in the knifing death of her wealthy lover, and goes on trial for her life. When her defense counsel appears to bungle his job, Mary's... See full summary »

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Bayard Veiller
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Norma Shearer ... Mary Elizabeth Dugan
Lewis Stone ... Edward West
H.B. Warner ... District Attorney Galway
Raymond Hackett ... Jimmy Dugan
Lilyan Tashman ... Dagmar Lorne
Olive Tell ... Mrs. Gertrude Rice
Adrienne D'Ambricourt ... Marie Ducrot
DeWitt Jennings ... Inspector Hunt
Wilfrid North Wilfrid North ... Judge Nash
Landers Stevens ... Dr. Welcome
Mary Doran ... Pauline Agguerro
Westcott Clarke Westcott Clarke ... Captain Price
Charles R. Moore ... James Madison (as Charles Moore)
Claud Allister ... Henry James Plaisted
Myra Hampton Myra Hampton ... May Harris
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Mary Dugan, a Broadway showgirl, is charged with murder in the knifing death of her wealthy lover, and goes on trial for her life. When her defense counsel appears to bungle his job, Mary's brother Jimmy, a newly licensed attorney, jumps into the case to defend his sister. Jimmy's courtroom style is unconventional, but he seems to be holding his own against the prosecuting attorney... until a surprise testimony changes the course of the trial. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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IT'S HEAPS BETTER THAN THE STAGE PLAY! (Print ad-The Sunday Tribune,((Providence, R.I.)) 5 May 1929)

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 June 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Julgamento de Mary Dugan See more »

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Norma Shearer's first talking film and a massive success. See more »

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Version of The Trial of Mary Dugan (1957) See more »

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A Great Piece of Theatre, Expertly Transferred to the Screen!
22 April 2008 | by JohnHowardReidSee all my reviews

M-G-M's second "all talking picture" ("Broadway Melody" was number one) is set entirely in a court room, except for a brief prologue at the murder scene. In the rather clever hands of director/writer Bayard Veiller, this device (carried over from his stage play) concentrates our interest and attention, rather than dissipating it. Of course, the electricity is sparked not only in the attention-grabbing twists and turns of the brilliantly constructed plot itself but in the ruthless thrust and parry of witness examination, especially when these verbal shocks and barbs are delivered by such skillful players as H.B. Warner and Lewis Stone. The big surprise, however, is that boyish Raymond Hackett (who left movies altogether in 1931 to concentrate on stage work) and Norma Shearer (making her talkie debut) deliver such powerful performances. A little stagy, it's true, but nonetheless effective. A particularly well-chosen roster of support players also adds to the tension.

Production values are high, although some viewers might find the stop-and-start, state-of-the-art sound recording a little distracting.


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