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Lawyer Man (1932)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 7 January 1933 (USA)
Idealistic attorney Anton Adam makes headlines when he successfully prosecutes a prominent New York racketeer named Gilmurry. Adam's sudden renown attracts the attention of high-profile ... See full summary »

Director:

William Dieterle

Writers:

Rian James (screen play), James Seymour (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Powell ... Anton (Tony) Adam
Joan Blondell ... Olga Michaels
David Landau ... John Gilmurry
Helen Vinson ... Barbara Bentley
Claire Dodd ... Virginia St. Johns
Alan Dinehart ... Granville Bentley
Allen Jenkins ... Izzy Levine
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Storyline

Idealistic attorney Anton Adam makes headlines when he successfully prosecutes a prominent New York racketeer named Gilmurry. Adam's sudden renown attracts the attention of high-profile legal eagle Granville Bentley, who asks Adam to become a partner in his law firm. But Adam's rising career takes a nosedive when he's framed by Gilmurry and a sexy actress in a trumped-up breach of promise suit. The only constant in Adam's life is the loyalty and unrequited love of his secretary Olga. Written by Daniel Bubbeo

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Taglines:

His Fame Was Built on Love Letters-Written by Other Men.... (Print Ad-The Milwaukee Sentinel,((Milwaukee, Wisc.)) 22 March 1933)

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hombre de leyes See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Barbara buzzes for Tony at Granville's desk, she quickly sits down and picks up the February 27, 1932 edition of The New Yorker magazine. See more »

Goofs

When St. Johns and Adam are getting ready to leave for lunch, she is standing away from the desk holding her purse with both hands and turning towards the door. On the next cut, St. Johns is leaning with her back against the desk with both her hands behind her. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Anton (Tony) Adam: Morning, Jake.
Jake - the Ice Man: Mornin'!
Anton (Tony) Adam: How'd the ice business?
Jake - the Ice Man: Not so hot.
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Soundtracks

I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Played during the shot of the headline and before Tony makes the phone call
Played again when Tony sits down after the phone call
Also played when Babs come s up to the office
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He's A Moving Way Uptown
24 August 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Lawyer Man casts William Powell as an attorney with a storefront practice on the Lower East Side of New York where he makes a living of sorts defending indigent or close to indigent clients for meager fees. But he's got talent and white shoe lawyer Alan Dinehart invites him into his firm even though Powell has gotten on the wrong side of political boss David Landau. Helen Vinson who is Dinehart's sister also takes a shine to Powell.

But Powell also has actress Claire Dodd doing a number as well on him with a phony breach of promise suit that lands Powell in one big jackpot. Only faithful secretary Joan Blondell stands by him.

This to me was obviously a film that was meant for James Cagney and Cagney probably turned it down. Powell was a guy who did belong on the Upper East Side with the white shoe firm, Cagney would have been perfect casting as the fish out of water.

Joan Blondell is always good and there's a nice performance by Allen Jenkins as a hood who Powell defends and who later comes through for him in an hour of need.

Despite miscasting Lawyer Man is still a decent film though it will never be on the top ten list of films of William Powell.


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