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The Man Who Talked Too Much (1940)

Passed | | Drama | 16 July 1940 (USA)
Assistant District Attorney Stephen Forbes, an impressive orator with a long list of convictions, resigns when an innocent boy is convicted and the real murderer confesses too late. He ... See full summary »

Director:

Vincent Sherman

Writers:

Walter DeLeon (screenplay), Earl Baldwin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Brent ... Stephen M. Forbes
Virginia Bruce ... Joan Reed
Brenda Marshall ... Celia Farrady
Richard Barthelmess ... J.B. Roscoe
William Lundigan ... John L. Forbes
George Tobias ... Slug 'Canvasback' McNutt
John Litel ... District Attorney Dickson
Henry Armetta ... Tony Spirella
Alan Baxter ... Joe Garland
David Bruce ... Gerald Wilson
Clarence Kolb ... E.A. Smith
Louis Jean Heydt ... Barton
Marc Lawrence ... Lefty Kyler
Edwin Stanley Edwin Stanley ... District Attorney Nelson (as Ed Stanley)
Kay Sutton ... Mrs. Knight (scenes deleted)
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Assistant District Attorney Stephen Forbes, an impressive orator with a long list of convictions, resigns when an innocent boy is convicted and the real murderer confesses too late. He opens a cheap law office and his secretary Joan Reed goes with him. Business is bad until he ties up with J.B. Roscoe, the contact man between city hall and the underworld. Forbes moves to a swanky office and adds two people to his staff - his younger brother John, who he helped through law school, and Celia Farraday. Celia helps John win his first case and the two fall in love. John realizes his brother's firm isn't honest and wants to break the underworld contact. He opens Steve's safe for federal authorities hunting evidence against Roscoe. But the latter plants enough circumstantial evidence against John that the latter is convicted of murder and sent to death row. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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FUN AND ROMANCE 1940 STYLE! (original print ad-all caps) See more »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 1940 (USA) See more »

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Broadway Lawyer See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The script was unfinished at the start of production and was revised throughout. See more »

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Version of Illegal (1955) See more »

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Another simplistic attack on the legal profession.
11 October 2003 | by cinefan-7See all my reviews

As much as Americans express pride in their political and legal system, it is also true that they hold politicians and attorneys in very low esteem. The popular perception of lawyers as unethical and devious is not new and here it permeates this modest 1940 feature. What George Brent does on the screen has little connection to reality (there is one particularly silly scene in which he grandstands by ingesting poison during a murder trial), but sets the stage for his reformation and a happy ending.

The movie flies by so it may be worth 76 minutes of a viewer's time as a reminder of Hollywood's long-standing tradition of disparaging the legal profession.


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