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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.

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Edward G. Robinson
as Victor Scott
Nina Foch
as Ellen Miles
Jayne Mansfield
as Angel O'Hara
Hugh Marlowe
as Ray Borden
DeForest Kelley
as Edward Clary
Jay Adler
as Joseph Carter
James McCallion
as Allen Parker
Edward Platt
as Ralph Ford
Albert Dekker
as Frank Garland
Jan Merlin
as Andy Garth
Ellen Corby
as Miss Hinkel
Clark Howat
as George Graves
Addison Richards
as Steve Harper
Howard St. John
as E.A. Smith
George Ross
as Policeman
John McKee
as Detective
Barry Hudson
as Detective
Kathy Marlowe
as Blonde Girl
Ted Stanhope
as Bailiff
Marjorie Stapp
as Night Orderly
Fred Coby
as 3rd Guard
Max Wagner
as Bartender
John Cliff
as Barfly
John R. McKee
as Detective
Julie Bennett
as Miss Worth
Roxanne Arlen
as Miss Hathaway
Archie Twitchell
as Mr. Manning
Stuart Nedd
as Phillips
Herb Vigran
as 1st Policeman
Chris Alcaide
as 2nd Policeman
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Critic Reviews for Illegal

All Critics (2)

A vigorous performance from Edward G. Robinson.

Oct 14, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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

Mar 22, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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
Bruce Bruce

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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
Aj V

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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
jay nixon

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Illegal starts off almost embarrassingly with heavy-handed melodrama and the sending of Dr. McCoy to the electric chair, but it picks up some serious steam about a half hour in. Edward G. Robinson plays such an awesome hardass that his performance makes up the hammy first act. You can also spot a very young Jayne Mansfield if you're into that sort of thing. But between Robinson's performance, his character and this movie, you can't really go wrong with this little-known gem.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

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