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The Man Who Talked Too Much (1940)

Passed | | Drama | 16 July 1940 (USA)
Assistant District Attorney Stephen Forbes, an impressive orator with a long list of convictions, resigns when an innocent boy is convicted and the real murderer confesses too late. He ... See full summary »

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Vincent Sherman

Writers:

Walter DeLeon (screenplay), Earl Baldwin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Brent ... Stephen M. Forbes
Virginia Bruce ... Joan Reed
Brenda Marshall ... Celia Farrady
Richard Barthelmess ... J.B. Roscoe
William Lundigan ... John L. Forbes
George Tobias ... Slug 'Canvasback' McNutt
John Litel ... District Attorney Dickson
Henry Armetta ... Tony Spirella
Alan Baxter ... Joe Garland
David Bruce ... Gerald Wilson
Clarence Kolb ... E.A. Smith
Louis Jean Heydt ... Barton
Marc Lawrence ... Lefty Kyler
Edwin Stanley Edwin Stanley ... District Attorney Nelson (as Ed Stanley)
Kay Sutton ... Mrs. Knight (scenes deleted)
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Assistant District Attorney Stephen Forbes, an impressive orator with a long list of convictions, resigns when an innocent boy is convicted and the real murderer confesses too late. He opens a cheap law office and his secretary Joan Reed goes with him. Business is bad until he ties up with J.B. Roscoe, the contact man between city hall and the underworld. Forbes moves to a swanky office and adds two people to his staff - his younger brother John, who he helped through law school, and Celia Farraday. Celia helps John win his first case and the two fall in love. John realizes his brother's firm isn't honest and wants to break the underworld contact. He opens Steve's safe for federal authorities hunting evidence against Roscoe. But the latter plants enough circumstantial evidence against John that the latter is convicted of murder and sent to death row. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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FAST TALKER vs. SLOW LOVER (original print ad) See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 1940 (USA) See more »

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Broadway Lawyer See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Tucson Friday 14 September 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9), and in Bellingham WA Thursday 20 September 1956 on KVOS (Channel 12); it first aired in Miami Saturday 27 October 1956 on WTVJ (Channel 4), in Bloomington IN Friday 2 November 1956 on WTTV (Channel 4), in Spokane Monday 17 December 1956 on KREM (Channel 2), in Boston Friday 21 December 1956 on WBZ (Channel 4), and in Salt Lake City Friday 28 December 1956 on KUTV (Channel 2). See more »

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Good second feature that could have been more
17 February 2002 | by JohnSealSee all my reviews

The Man Who Talked Too Much presumably refers to George Brent, who plays a district attorney who sends an innocent man to the death house. To compensate for his mistake he becomes a struggling defense lawyer, eventually taking on some nasty gangland types in order to make ends meet. The film starts in terrific fashion and is well acted and written throughout, but it eventually bogs down into a standard 'B' plot of frame-ups and revenge. Nevertheless I recommend this to anyone interested in second features, and it certainly has the grit one expects of Warner crime films. Watch for Marc Lawrence in one of his patented bad guy roles.


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