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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.

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Frank J. Collins (play) (as Frank Collins), Joseph Jackson (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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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Drama

Certificate:

Unrated
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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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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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. See more »

Goofs

As we follow Vince Day across a street in a crane shot, the shadow of the crane, as well as a camera and cameraman and focus puller, fall across the street in front of him. See more »

Quotes

Vincent 'Vince' Day: I'm tired of crooked streets and crooked people.
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Version of Illegal (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Frankie and Johnny
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Music by Bert Leighton
Played when Vince is at the later party
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A great showcase for Warren William
25 September 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Mouthpiece is a great showcase for the thespian talents of Warren William playing a great criminal defense attorney. This was the golden age of them with Clarence Darrow, Earl Rogers and James Fallon on whom William's character was loosely based. They and the notorious clients they represented provided much colorful copy for the tabloids of the day.

At one time William was a prosecutor and a good one. But when he sends an innocent young man to the electric chair something snaps inside him. Better to be saving the innocent than killing them. Soon he realizes that a lawyer with his skills can make a lot more money on that side of the courtroom.

One priceless scene is William negotiating an out of court deal over an embezzlement charge that John Wray is really quite guilty of. William really handles it beautifully.

Young tiny Sidney Fox goes to work for William in his law office and William falls for her. But she likes William Janney who's good looking enough, but has no dynamic personality. When Janney is accused of stealing bonds, she goes to William for help and it's the beginning of his downfall.

Aline McMahon as William's super efficient above and beyond the call of duty secretary gives one of her most memorable screen performances. Ditto for J. Carrol Naish in one of his early screen roles as a hood that William gets off with one spectacular gesture in court.

The Mouthpiece really belongs to Warren William. It's certainly easy to see why they chose him for Perry Mason in movie series.


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