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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.

Director:

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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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

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

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Not bad for a B-movie, but it's hardly 'noir'.
27 January 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is one of three movies bundled on a DVD entitled "Forgotten Noir", though I really wouldn't consider it an example of film noir. It's more a kooky movie where one of the characters just happens to work for the District Attorney. Dennis O'Keefe plays a recent Harvard Law graduate and from the start he irritates his boss to no end. So, to punish him, he's given a dead case--one no one else wants. However, when the missing witness suddenly shows up, this becomes a very hot case and O'Keefe and his spunky female reporter friend (what a cliché!!) do what any assistant DA would do--investigate the crime and get caught up in the middle of it.

The bottom line is that none of this is the least bit believable and the idea of these two kooky characters solving a crime is silly. But, the characters are likable and if you only look at it as a kooky B-mystery, you'll not be disappointed. Not bad, but clearly a low-budget B-film.


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