Criminal Lawyer

Criminal Lawyer

Director: Seymour Friedman Cast: Pat O'Brien, Jane Wyatt, Carl Benton Reid


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Though made in 1951, Criminal Lawyer has the feel of a 1930s film, right down to the casting of Pat O'Brien in the lead. The star plays attorney James Regan, whose unethical methods have earned him the disdain of the American Bar Association. Eventually, Regan is even disgusted with himself, and accordingly crawls into a liquor bottle. Redeemed by the love of girl-Friday Maggie Powell (Jane Wyatt), Regan tackles a difficult make-or-break case which comprises the film's tense denouement. Critics in 1951 were impressed by the subtle performance by brutish Mike Mazurki as Regan's bodyguard; few of them were aware that the college-educated Mazurki was a sensitive, highly intelligent performer who was not at all like the thugs and pluguglies he played on screen.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/16/2010
UPC: 0043396359550
Original Release: 1951
Rating: NR
Source: Sony Pictures Home
Presentation: [B&W]
Sales rank: 57,268

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Pat O'Brien James Regan
Jane Wyatt Maggie Powell
Carl Benton Reid Tucker Bourne
Mary Castle Gloria Lydendecker
Robert Shayne Clark Sommers
Mike Mazurki "Moose" Hendricks
Jerome Cowan Walter Medford
Marvin Kaplan Sam Kutler
Douglas Fowley Harry Cheney
Mickey Knox Vincent Cheney
Louis Jean Heydt Frank Burnett
Harlan Warde Byron Claymore
Wallis Clark Melville Webber
Lewis Martin Judge Selders
Charles Lane Frederick Waterman
Guy Beach Edward Cranston
Grandon Rhodes Judge Larrabee
Darryl Hickman Bill Webber
Mary Ellen Hokanson Mrs. Johnson

Technical Credits
Seymour Friedman Director
Rudolph C. Flothow Producer
Harold R. Greene Screenwriter
Charles Nelson Editor
Philip Tannura Cinematographer

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