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Society Lawyer (1939)

Passed | | Drama, Music, Mystery | 21 March 1939 (USA)
Society lawyer Christopher Durant agrees to defend his friend Phil Siddall when Siddall is arrested for the murder of an ex-girlfriend. With the help of nightclub singer Pat Abbott and ... See full summary »

Director:

Edwin L. Marin

Writers:

Frances Goodrich (screen play), Albert Hackett (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Pidgeon ... Christopher Durant
Virginia Bruce ... Pat Abbott
Leo Carrillo ... Tony Gazotti
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Jim Crelliman
Lee Bowman ... Phil Siddall
Frances Mercer ... Sue Leonard
Ann Morriss ... Judy Barton
Herbert Mundin ... Layton
Frank M. Thomas ... Lieutenant Stevens
Edward Brophy ... Max (as Edward S. Brophy)
Tom Kennedy ... Alf
Clarence Kolb ... Mr. Leonard
Pierre Watkin ... Henry V. Adams
Ian Wolfe ... Schmidt
Paul Guilfoyle ... Murtock
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Storyline

Society lawyer Christopher Durant agrees to defend his friend Phil Siddall when Siddall is arrested for the murder of an ex-girlfriend. With the help of nightclub singer Pat Abbott and crime boss Tony Gazotti (a former client), Durant launches his own investigation of the murder in order to prove his friend's innocence. Written by Anonymous

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See how a society lawyer and a night club beauty find romance...as they crack the riddle of " the perfect alibi murder case"! (original Herald) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Penthouse See more »

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Budget:

$232,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was mildly successful at the box office, earning MGM a profit of $64,000 ($1.15M in 2018). See more »

Connections

Followed by Stronger Than Desire (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm In Love with the Honorable Mr So & So
(1939)
Music and Lyrics by Sam Coslow
Played during the opening credits, the end credits and as background music often
Sung by Virginia Bruce (uncredited) in a nightclub
Reprised a cappella by her in Durant's apartment
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Dull Society lawyer deserves to be disbarred.
25 September 2018 | by st-shotSee all my reviews

This comedy-drama with screwball roots never gets up to speed with it's improbable murder scenario and lifeless performances from the leads Walter Pidgeon and Virginia Bruce. The film's look has the outstanding MGM gloss and a strong supporting cast (notably Leo Carillo and Eduardo Cianelli) but Pidgeon plays it with a bored arrogance while Bruce, more caught up in herself displays a less than sympathetic self assured narcissism.

High priced lawyer Christopher Durant (Pidgeon) has a penchant for nostalgia de la boule. Defending and springing eccentric mobster Tony Gazoti he gains a key ally when he incurs the wrath of another mobster as he attempts to clear a friend for murder. In order to do so he puts his squeeze Pat (Bruce) in harm's way.

Both Pidgeon and Bruce come across abrasive and lack the energy a more dynamic pairing like Joel McCrea and Carole Lombard might bring to the picture but second tier director Edwin Marin's direction is just that. Dull Society Lawyer deserves its disbarment.


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