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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... James P. Curtayne
... Det. Vincent Ricks
... Virginia 'Ginny' Curtayne
... District Attorney Louis Barra
... Sol 'Knuckles' Lanzetta
... John Fordman 'Johnny' O'Hara
... Mrs. Katrina Lanzetta
... Sven Norson
... Frank Korvac
... Jeff Chapman
... Judge Keating
... Mr. O'Hara
... Mrs. Peg O'Hara
... Betty Clark, Policewoman
... Capt. Tom Mulvaney
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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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O'HARA MIGHT BEAT MURDER - IF HIS LAWYER CAN BEAT THE BOTTLE! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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1 September 1951 (USA)  »

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Le peuple accuse O'Hara  »

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Spencer Tracy personally got his good friend Pat O'Brien his role in this movie. See more »

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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 »

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Sol 'Knuckles' Lanzetta: [Watching Curtanne take a drink] Couldn't beat it, could yuh? Just a worn out old lush!
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" There is a goal in my life and that's the law, I just have to remember where I put it "
11 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

After a successful career as a D. A, James P. Curtayne (Spencer Tracy) decides to forgo civil law and accept a homicide criminal case involving an old time family friend. Det. Vincent Ricks (Pat O'Brien) a police detective and friend advises him as does his daughter Virginia (Diana Lynn) not to do it as does his heart and former bout with alcoholism. Still Johnny O'Hara (James Arness) needs his established reputation to save him from prison. The story is fraught with dangers which involve the local mob as well as Curtayne's inability to deal with his return to drinking as the case tests his ethics. For Tracy this is a remarkable film as one sees the sober lawyer deal with an inability to deal with his weaknesses. This remarkable B/W film is designed to entertain and highlight Tracy's unique talent. A great movie and one easily recommended to Tracy fans. Although not credited, you can see a very young Charles Bronson making an appearance. ****


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