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The People Against O'Hara (1951)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 September 1951 (USA)
Jim Curtayne, formerly a successful defense attorney who is now a recovering alcoholic, attempts a comeback when he defends a neighbor's son facing a homicide charge.

Director:

John Sturges

Writers:

Eleazar Lipsky (novel), John Monks Jr.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Spencer Tracy ... James P. Curtayne
Pat O'Brien ... Det. Vincent Ricks
Diana Lynn ... Virginia 'Ginny' Curtayne
John Hodiak ... District Attorney Louis Barra
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Sol 'Knuckles' Lanzetta
James Arness ... John Fordman 'Johnny' O'Hara
Yvette Duguay ... Mrs. Katrina Lanzetta
Jay C. Flippen ... Sven Norson
William Campbell ... Frank Korvac
Richard Anderson ... Jeff Chapman
Henry O'Neill ... Judge Keating
Arthur Shields ... Mr. O'Hara
Louise Lorimer ... Mrs. Peg O'Hara
Ann Doran ... Betty Clark, Policewoman
Emile Meyer ... Capt. Tom Mulvaney
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Storyline

Jim Curtayne, formerly a successful criminal defense attorney and currently a recovering alcoholic, has turned to civil law because of his problems with the bottle, daughter Ginny delays marrying in order to keep her dad on the straight and narrow, but when the son of neighborhood friends is accused of murder, he is lured into returning to criminal law. Complications arise as the initially overconfident Curtayne experiences lapses inn memory and judgment as well as an uncooperative client. He finds himself well over his head as he tries to reclaim his self-confidence and professional standing. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Taglines:

O'HARA MIGHT BEAT MURDER - IF HIS LAWYER CAN BEAT THE BOTTLE! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The People Against O'Hara See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although almost all of the film takes place in New York City, there is less than five minutes of footage filmed on-location in New York City. See more »

Goofs

When Curtayne walks up to the bar to order a short beer, a moving shadow of the boom microphone and cables can be seen in the mirror behind the bar. See more »

Quotes

James P. Curtayne: [visiting him in jail] Now, Johnny, tell me this. When they tried to pick you up, why did you run?
John Fordman 'Johnny' O'Hara: I didn't know it was the cops. I thought it was... I was scared.
James P. Curtayne: You thought what?
John Fordman 'Johnny' O'Hara: I was scared. I... I saw guns. That's from the war. That's how guns hit me.
James P. Curtayne: Oh? They didn't seem to hit you that way when you won the DSC...
John Fordman 'Johnny' O'Hara: Put me down I was scared.
James P. Curtayne: What's your girl's name, Johnny?
John Fordman 'Johnny' O'Hara: Girl's name? What would you want that for?
James P. Curtayne: What's her name!
John Fordman 'Johnny' O'Hara: I got no girl, Mr. Curtayne.
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Great Acting
10 June 2006 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

Spencer Tracy,(James P. Curtayne), plays a lawyer who wants to get away from Criminal Law and go into Civil suits with not very much pressure, because he has a drinking problem. Jim Curtayne's daughter,(Diana Lynn),(Virginia,Ginny,Curtayne) is staying with her father and keeping an eye on him for at least two years, in order to keep him away from the booze. James Curtayne soon gets involved with a family he has known all his life and decides to help them when their son gets involved with a murder. John Hodiak,(Louis Barra) is the Defense Attorney and gives James Curtayne a hard time in the court room. Pat O'Brien,(Detective Vincent Ricks) is an old friend of James Curtayne and tries to help him stay focused on his law case and does give him some important leads. There are many twists and turns in this crime drama and Spencer Tracy gives one of his best performances in this Classic 1951 film.


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