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The Mouthpiece (1932)

Unrated | | Drama | 7 May 1932 (USA)
Prosecutor becomes a defense attorney after an innocent man is sent to an electric chair.

Writers:

Frank J. Collins (play) (as Frank Collins), Joseph Jackson (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Warren William ... Vincent 'Vince' Day
Sidney Fox ... Celia Farraday
Aline MacMahon ... Miss Hickey
John Wray ... Mr. Barton
Mae Madison ... Elaine
Ralph Ince ... J.B. Roscoe
Morgan Wallace ... E.A. Smith
Guy Kibbee ... Bartender
J. Carrol Naish ... Tony Rocco (as J. Carroll Naish)
Walter Walker Walter Walker ... District Attorney Forbes
Stanley Fields ... Mr. Pondapolis
Murray Kinnell ... Thompson--Day's Butler
Noel Francis ... Miss DeVere
William Janney ... John 'Johnny' Morris
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Storyline

When a hot young prosecutor learns that a man he got convicted and executed was in fact innocent, he quits his DA job and becomes a defense attorney. He grows rich and powerful defending guilty racketeers, but eventually sees the errors of his ways. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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He sold his soul to criminals and willed his honor to the devil! (Print Ad-Daily Star, ((Long Island City, NY)) 23 June 1932)

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Drama

Certificate:

Unrated
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Trivia

The Vince Day character is very loosely based on Bill "The Great Mouthpiece" Fallon, one of the great criminal defense attorneys of the 1920s, who successfully defended gambler Arnold Rothstein in the "Black Sox" Fix of the 1919 World Series. Nevertheless, Fallon's daughter, Ruth, won a criminal libel judgment in a Syracuse, N.Y. police court, against the owner of a theater that showed the film. It was later overturned. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the film, Vince looks at an electric clock on his desk, but the ticking of a mechanical clock is heard. See more »

Quotes

Miss Hickey, Day's Secretary: It's all in the days work, said the street sweeper to the elephant.
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Connections

Version of The Man Who Talked Too Much (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Frankie and Johnny
(uncredited)
Music by Bert Leighton
Played when Vince is at the later party
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Terrific Drama with Wonderful Cast
1 September 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Mouthpiece (1932)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Highly entertaining moral tale from Warner about D.A. Vincent Day (Warren William) who has a change in heart after sending an innocent man to the electric chair. He decides to switch sides and take the money in return for getting criminals off of crimes they've committed but he starts to have second thoughts after falling for a woman (Sidney Fox) who works for him. THE MOUTHPIECE is such a good film that after viewing it I was rather shocked to realize that not too many people know of it. Warner was the king at delivering these moral tales during this period so it's kind of shocking that this here has been swept under the rug and forgotten. It's certainly a prime candidate for being rediscovered because there's just so many great things going on here. We can start with the terrific cast being led by William in one of the greatest performances I've seen from him. Yes, he can play that ruthless character better than anyone else but this here shows the actor at his very best. The supporting cast is equally great with Fox really coming across good as the woman the lawyer falls for. Aline MacMahon is also very memorable as the secretary and we also get great work from John Wray, Ralph Ince, Morgan Wallace, J. Carrol Naish and J. Carrol Naish who plays one of the thugs. The film has several sequences taking place inside the courtroom and these are some of the most imaginative court scenes you're going to witness. It was wickedly fun watching William work his magic and especially during one scene involving some poison. If I had a problem with the film it was the love story aspect. I just never fully bought why this lawyer would fall so hard for this girl but this really doesn't take away much. THE MOUTHPIECE is a terrific little drama that has the studio and cast doing their best and it needs to be viewed by more people.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 May 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El criminalista See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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