6.3/10
80
6 user

Mr. District Attorney (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 27 March 1941 (USA)
First screen version of the popular radio series, followed by two sequels.

Director:

Writers:

(original screenplay), (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Highway 13 (1948)
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Hank Wilson is a driver for a truck for a big transportation company which is in financial straits. He is in love with Doris Lacy, a waitress at the truck-stop where the company has its ... See full summary »

Director: William Berke
Stars: Robert Lowery, Pamela Blake, Clem Bevans
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Classic whodunit mystery film about a gold-digging variety show actress who has many enemies and is found dead in her private railroad car at Grand Central Station in New York.

Director: S. Sylvan Simon
Stars: Van Heflin, Patricia Dane, Cecilia Parker
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Robert B. Sinclair
Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Adolphe Menjou, Marguerite Chapman
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Detectives for the Western Pacific Railroad investigate several murders, including one of a railroad payroll agent.

Director: Sam Newfield
Stars: Kent Taylor, Sheila Ryan, Mickey Knox
Dark Waters (1944)
Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A woman returns to the USA after a German u-boat sank her ship, and finds out that someone wants to kill her for her inheritance.

Director: André De Toth
Stars: Merle Oberon, Franchot Tone, Thomas Mitchell
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Handsome dentist Herve Dandieu, temporarily separated from his new, delectable wife Virginie by a lovers' tiff, is picked up by sexy dance teacher Anita Flores...object blackmail. Sensing ... See full summary »

Director: Michel Boisrond
Stars: Brigitte Bardot, Henri Vidal, Dawn Addams
Comedy | Horror | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The manager of Kay Kyser's band books them for a birthday party bash for an heiress at a spooky mansion, where sinister forces try to kill her.

Director: David Butler
Stars: Kay Kyser, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff
Lady Scarface (1941)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Lieutenant Bill Mason pursues a Chicago gang to New York unaware that its scar-cheeked leader Slade is a woman.

Director: Frank Woodruff
Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Judith Anderson, Frances E. Neal
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A hillbilly deacon, who is actually a cardsharp in disguise, becomes involved in a small-town fight game.

Director: Christy Cabanne
Stars: Bob Burns, Mischa Auer, Peggy Moran
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

June Evans, clothing model, and Tommy Bradford, travel agent, both dream of being rich. When they meet at millionaire, J. Westley Piermont's daughter's wedding, they both assume each other ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin L. Marin
Stars: Maureen O'Sullivan, Dennis O'Keefe, Mickey Rooney
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Jimmy Hanley learns that his former dancing partner has been killed, leaving a baby boy Sandy, so he takes the baby to live with him and his roommate Boris Bebenko. Theatre manager Allen ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Lamont
Stars: Baby Sandy, Shirley Ross, Dennis O'Keefe
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Henry I. Dibble, Jr. (Hugh Herbert)is a dizzy millionaire playboy who loves rhumba music. Thorns in his side are his four maiden sisters Faith (Hugh Herbert), Hope (Hugh Herbert), Charity (... See full summary »

Director: Lew Landers
Stars: Hugh Herbert, Dennis O'Keefe, Constance Moore
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
...
...
...
District Attorney Tom F. Winton
...
Arthur Barret
...
Herman Winkle
Joan Blair ...
Betty Paradise
...
Hazelton - Barrett's Aide
Alan Edwards ...
Grew
George Watts ...
Judge White
Sarah Edwards ...
Miss Petherby
Helen Brown ...
Mrs. Paul Hyde
Edit

Storyline

First screen version of the popular radio series, followed by two sequels.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Learn the inside of big-time politics!

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 March 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El fantasma asesino  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

New York Times 17 April 1941 described it as "the worst bad picture of the year." See more »

Connections

Followed by Mr. District Attorney in the Carter Case (1941) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The stumbling, bumbling DA
7 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

Someone decided that the radio series, Mr. District Attorney, was too serious and the film version should be crammed with comic relief. Thus you have Dennis O'Keefe as a Harvard law school graduate (summa cum laude no less) who's a nutcase in the courtroom and equally muddle-headed when he's assigned to find a master criminal named Hyde. From time to time, he literally bumps into Florence Rice as a newspaperwoman who's out to outwit the competition by solving the Hyde mystery. When O'Keefe isn't accidentally plunking her on her prat, she goes all out to get a scoop, hiding in the trunk of a car she suspects is en route to pick up Hyde. Fortunately, no key is required to open the trunk from the outside or the inside. Meanwhile, Peter Lorre -- as Hyde -- obviously thinks he's in a totally different movie, playing it psychotically straight, projecting the kind of sibilant menace of which he's the acknowledged master. As usual, he's terrific. Too bad the movie isn't, as well.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 6 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

What Movies Do You Want to See This Summer?

Buzzing comedies such as Sorry to Bother You and The Spy Who Dumped Me await you in our Summer Movie Guide. Check in for the latest release dates and all the info you need.

See our Summer Movie Guide