Illegal (1955)



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A remake of The Mouthpiece, this film tells the story of a district attorney with a conscience. When he discovers that a man he's sent to the electric chair was innocent, he takes to the bottle. His assistants encourage him to get off the booze and become a defense attorney.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
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Written By: James R. Webb, W.R. Burnett
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as Victor Scott

as Ellen Miles

as Angel O'Hara

as Ray Borden

as Edward Clary

as Joseph Carter

as Allen Parker

as Ralph Ford

as Frank Garland

as Andy Garth

as Miss Hinkel

as George Graves

as Taylor

as Steve Harper

as E.A. Smith

as Al Carol

as Policeman

as Detective

as Detective

as Blonde Girl

as Bailiff

as Doctor

as Night Orderly

as 3rd Guard

as Doctor

as Bartender

as Barfly

as Detective

as Miss Worth

as Miss Hathaway

as Mr. Manning

as Phillips

as 1st Policeman

as 2nd Policeman

as Blonde Girl
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Critic Reviews for Illegal

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | March 25, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

A vigorous performance from Edward G. Robinson.

Full Review… | October 14, 2014
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Illegal derives its strength as a feminist picture rather than from its nominal interest in human-rights issues for illegal immigrants.

Full Review… | March 22, 2011
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Illegal

This Film made in 1955 is an awesome film, staring Edward G Robinson who is over the top, and getting a minor role is Jayne Mansfield I didn't know while watching the movie that she played the part of Angel, all I knew was who is that beautiful women? I can now see what all the hype was about. This is when films were at there best and didn't sell because of a sex scene or nudity, it other words before Hollywood started turning out trash to make some attend the movie houses. In this one Robinson play the part of a lawyer who never loses a case until he sends an innocent man to the electric chair. Then he tumbles down to the bottom before he has to defend the girl he raised as his daughter. 5 stars

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


The story is pretty good, and the actors are good actors, but this movie isn't all that exciting, it could have been better.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Tidy little B with Edward G giving his usual stellar performance, everyone else is good but can't match him. Jayne Mansfield has a small but showy part and looks like a million.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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