State's Attorney

1931

State's Attorney

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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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John Barrymore
as Tom Cardigan
William Boyd
as Valentine 'Vanny' Powers
Jill Esmond
as Lillian Ulrich
Raul Roulien
as Senor Alvarado
Mary Duncan
as Nora Dean
Ralph Ince
as Defense Attorney
Leon Ames
as Prosecutor
Lee Phelps
as Bartender
J.M. Kerrigan
as Coachman
C. Henry Gordon
as Attorney Graves
Paul Hurst
as Captain Morgan
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