State's Attorney (1931)

Genres - Drama  |   Release Date - May 5, 1932 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 79 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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John Barrymore is the "State's Attorney" in the RKO picture of the same name. A brilliant criminal lawyer, Barrymore counts on his underworld connections to climb the ladder of success to the Governor's chair. "Humanized" by his girlfriend Helen Twelvetrees, a former streetwalker, Barrymore decides at long last to go straight, making mincemeat of his one-time mob patron William "Stage" Boyd in a thrilling courtroom finale. Barrymore's longtime drinking crony Gene Fowler collaborated on the script of State's Attorney with gangster-saga scrivener Rowland Brown. The film was remade (and extensively sanitized) as Criminal Lawyer in 1937.

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lawyer, underworld, corruption, girlfriend, governor, influence, bad-guy-turns-good, trial [courtroom]