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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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Women he loved with kisses...juries he won with tricks...An outlaw at love and law. 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 »

Company Credits

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 »

Connections

Remade as Criminal Lawyer (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

The Sidewalks of New York
(uncredited)
Music by Charles Lawlor (1894)
Strains played during opening credits
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A Last Look at the Great Profile in His Heyday
8 March 2019 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

The reissue title seems deliberately prophetic, as hot-shot lawyer Barrymore's perpetual drunkenness is obvious throughout this late star vehicle for Barrymore, who throughout usually has his left profile to the camera while his perpetually moving eyes and eyebrows reveal that he's not taking his outrageous antics in Court entirely seriously.

As usual the law is portrayed cynically, and along with the opulent bachelor pad he shares with Helen Twelvetress heightens the pre-Code amorality of the piece.


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