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Illegal (1955)
by Hans J. Wollstein review

Edward G. Robinson returned to Warner Bros. after a 12-year absence and the studio dusted off an antique courtroom melodrama, The Mouthpiece (1932), which had already enjoyed a second airing back in 1940 as The Man Who Talked Too Much. Robinson, needless to say, is his usual dependable self as the District Attorney turned mob lawyer, but Illegal has a hard time deciding whether to be a crime thriller or a sly comedy. Considering the improbable judicial antics at display, it should have stuck to the latter.