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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, Day's Secretary
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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The character played by Warren William was supposedly based on William Fallon, a notorious New York lawyer. See more »

Goofs

Just as Vince's car drives off after picking up Celia during her last day, a lighting stand can be seen briefly across a doorstep. 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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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 Warren William Showcase
16 November 2012 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

An ambitious Ass't DA switches his talents to defending the mob. But is it permanent.

Watching the imperious Warren William (Day) as a legal shark is really impressive. He's got all the tricks of a Houdini, along with the ethics of a cobra. Drinking the poison in court is a real grabber. This part of the movie is riveting and dynamic playing to William's commanding strength. And that's so, even if the diminutive ingenue Fox (Cecilia) is a foot shorter and a lot younger, so there seems something illegal going on when they passion kiss. I can understand the peculiar casting here since Fox projects just the kind of sweet innocence that might turn the head of even the most jaded scalawag. Still, the big turnaround doesn't really jibe with Day's power-grabbing character, and in my book, undercuts the initial setup of its powerful promise.

Speaking of characters, Aline MacMahon (Hickey) darn near steals the film as Day's wisecracking secretary. What a shrewd piece of casting since few actresses can actively compete with the forceful William. Yet, she does, and makes you believe it. Good to see her cast as someone besides a maiden aunt or the family wallflower. Despite the story's central difficulty, this is a smooth production, fluidly paced, that demonstrates the expert professionalism of the old studios, in this case Warner Bros. Anyway, here's to Warren William, a great screen personality deserving of rediscovery.


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