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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

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 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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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Passed | See all certifications »
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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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The stumbling, bumbling DA
7 February 2015 | by MikeMagiSee 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.


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