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Lawyer Man (1932)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 7 January 1933 (USA)
Idealistic attorney Anton Adam makes headlines when he successfully prosecutes a prominent New York racketeer named Gilmurry. Adam's sudden renown attracts the attention of high-profile ... See full summary »

Director:

William Dieterle

Writers:

Rian James (screen play), James Seymour (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Powell ... Anton (Tony) Adam
Joan Blondell ... Olga Michaels
David Landau ... John Gilmurry
Helen Vinson ... Barbara Bentley
Claire Dodd ... Virginia St. Johns
Alan Dinehart ... Granville Bentley
Allen Jenkins ... Izzy Levine
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Storyline

Idealistic attorney Anton Adam makes headlines when he successfully prosecutes a prominent New York racketeer named Gilmurry. Adam's sudden renown attracts the attention of high-profile legal eagle Granville Bentley, who asks Adam to become a partner in his law firm. But Adam's rising career takes a nosedive when he's framed by Gilmurry and a sexy actress in a trumped-up breach of promise suit. The only constant in Adam's life is the loyalty and unrequited love of his secretary Olga. Written by Daniel Bubbeo

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Taglines:

His Fame Was Built on Love Letters-Written by Other Men.... (Print Ad-The Milwaukee Sentinel,((Milwaukee, Wisc.)) 22 March 1933)

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hombre de leyes See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to studio records, filming took 21 days. See more »

Goofs

Gilmurry is on the phone in his office. As he hangs up he looks toward the door and has a surprised look on his face. In the next scene, the door is just opening and Adam walks into the office. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Anton (Tony) Adam: Morning, Jake.
Jake - the Ice Man: Mornin'!
Anton (Tony) Adam: How'd the ice business?
Jake - the Ice Man: Not so hot.
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Soundtracks

If I Could Be with You
(1926) (uncredited)
Music by James P. Johnson
Played on piano in the bar
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Strong Cast Makes Film Worth Viewing
9 September 2011 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Lawyer Man (1932)

*** (out of 4)

Nice little "B" movie from Warner about lawyer Anton Adam (William Powell) who moves up the ladder once he shows he's not afraid to take on a crooked political man (David Landau). At first Adam is riding high but he's double-crossed by an actress (Claire Dodd) secretly working for the political man and soon he loses everything but he's got one shot at redemption. LAWYER MAN isn't anything ground-breaking and you're certainly not going to spot it on any lists of the greatest films ever made but if you're a fan of the cast then there's quite a bit here to enjoy. I think the best thing going for the picture is the performance by Powell who once again comes off very believable in the part. He certainly comes across smart enough to where you can believe he's this intelligent lawyer but he also got a certain charm that makes you like him and there's just a dignity that the actor brings to the role. He's surrounding with a great supporting cast including Joan Blondell who plays his secretary who also has a crush on him. Landau nearly walks away with the film as only he can. That certain toughness that he brings the character but he isn't tough in the same way Cagney or Bogart was. Instead, he's more laid back and quiet about the whole thing. Dodd is nice and sexy in her few scenes in the picture and Allen Jenkins is his usual fun self playing a tough guy. The screenplay itself really doesn't offer us anything we haven't seen before but I think it builds up a nice character with the main lawyer. There's a certain integrity that the character turns out to have and this here really makes it all the more fun to see the events play out.


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