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State's Attorney (1932)

Passed | | Drama | 20 May 1932 (USA)
Attorney Tom Cardigan is the discontented "mouthpiece" for Vanny Powers' mob. When Tom takes sweet June Perry as his mistress, she tries in vain to redeem him. But Powers decides Tom would ... See full summary »

Director:

George Archainbaud

Writers:

Louis Stevens (story), Gene Fowler (screenplay and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Barrymore ... Tom Cardigan
Helen Twelvetrees ... June Perry
Jill Esmond ... Lillian Ulrich
William 'Stage' Boyd ... Valentine 'Vanny' Powers (as William Boyd)
Mary Duncan ... Nora Dean
C. Henry Gordon ... Attorney Grey
Oscar Apfel ... Mr. Ulrich
Ralph Ince ... Defense Attorney
Albert Conti ... Mario
Frederick Burton ... The Judge
Paul Hurst ... Captain Morgan
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Storyline

Attorney Tom Cardigan is the discontented "mouthpiece" for Vanny Powers' mob. When Tom takes sweet June Perry as his mistress, she tries in vain to redeem him. But Powers decides Tom would be even more useful to him as District Attorney, which he arranges with surprising ease...despite Tom's warning that "if I go on the other side, I'll stay there." Soon, Tom's ambition leads him to ditch June for the daughter of political boss Ulric. The crisis arrives when Powers goes on trial for a killing...witnessed by June. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Invincible At Law... Irresistable At Love! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Última Acusação See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The story was supposedly based on the life of defense attorney William J. Fallon, who successfully defended 126 homicide cases. Warner Bros. beat RKO to the box office by a couple weeks with The Mouthpiece (1932), also supposedly based on Fallon's life. See more »

Goofs

Later in the movie, when June Perry is brought into Cardigan's office as Jane Doe, he calls her Joan, instead of June. See more »

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The Wedding March
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from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played by John Barrymore by striking partially filled beer glasses
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John Barrymore in a precode
12 June 2015 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

I only wish my mother were still alive so I could tell her I saw Helen Twelvetrees in a movie. I can just hear her now. "Helen Twelvetrees!!" That is a name out of the way, way distant past.

Twelvetrees appears in this precode film, "State's Attorney" with John Barrymore.

Barrymore is Tom Cardigan, attorney for the mob. Tom falls for June Perry (Twelvetrees) and she becomes his mistress. She tries to redeem him. Tom's boss, Vanny Powers (Boyd), thinks Cardigan should become District Attorney. There, he can really get the fix in for Powers.

Tom is elected He breaks up with June and takes up with the daughter (Jill Esmond) of a political boss, Ulrich. A big problem arises when Powers is arrested for murder and goes on trial. As far as Tom getting him off, it's going to be tough. June was a witness to the crime.

Over the top courtroom scenes, the style of the day, take a major role in the film. Barrymore had a very modern acting technique - he is always wonderful and never seems overdone unless it's deliberate, like the impresario in "Twentieth Century."

Always love to catch John Barrymore in a film.

As a bit of trivia, Jil Esmond, who plays the political boss' Ulrich's daughter, was a British actress and the first wife of Laurence Olivier.


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