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Mr. District Attorney (1941)

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

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William Morgan

Writers:

Karl Brown (original screenplay), Malcolm Stuart Boylan (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Dennis O'Keefe ... P. Cadwallader Jones
Florence Rice ... Terry Parker
Peter Lorre ... Paul Hyde
Stanley Ridges ... District Attorney Tom F. Winton
Minor Watson ... Arthur Barret
Charles Arnt ... Herman Winkle
Joan Blair Joan Blair ... Betty Paradise
Charles Halton ... Hazelton - Barrett's Aide
Alan Edwards ... Grew
George Watts George Watts ... Judge White
Sarah Edwards Sarah Edwards ... Miss Petherby
Helen Brown Helen Brown ... Mrs. Paul Hyde
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First screen version of the popular radio series, followed by two sequels.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El fantasma asesino See more »

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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New York Times 17 April 1941 described it as "the worst bad picture of the year." See more »

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Followed by Secrets of the Underground (1942) See more »

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Dennis O'Keefe and Peter Lorre
15 January 2014 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

1941's Republic version of the radio series "Mr. District Attorney" is far more lighthearted than its source, starring Dennis O'Keefe as Prince Cadwallader Jones, rookie assistant to DA Winton (Stanley Ridges), assigned to an old case involving the missing Paul Hyde (Peter Lorre), whose hidden cache of embezzled loot mysteriously turns up at the race track. There are red herrings and murder victims, but it's a waste of Lorre, in a criminally small role. Florence Rice supplies much comedy as nosy reporter Terry Parker, who also shows a tendency to get into hot water. The 1947 version from Columbia was probably more faithful than this one, certainly more serious; highly enjoyable in a breezy style, upper class for Poverty Row's Republic Pictures, who followed it with a pair of little seen sequels, "Mr. District Attorney in the Carter Case" and "Secrets of the Underground" (both featuring different actors in the lead).


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