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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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Cast overview:
... P. Cadwallader Jones
... Terry Parker
... Paul Hyde
... 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
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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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El fantasma asesino  »

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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 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.


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