9 September 2011 | Michael_Elliott
Strong Cast Makes Film Worth Viewing
Lawyer Man (1932)
*** (out of 4)
Nice little "B" movie from Warner about lawyer Anton Adam (William Powell) who moves up the ladder once he shows he's not afraid to take on a crooked political man (David Landau). At first Adam is riding high but he's double-crossed by an actress (Claire Dodd) secretly working for the political man and soon he loses everything but he's got one shot at redemption. LAWYER MAN isn't anything ground-breaking and you're certainly not going to spot it on any lists of the greatest films ever made but if you're a fan of the cast then there's quite a bit here to enjoy. I think the best thing going for the picture is the performance by Powell who once again comes off very believable in the part. He certainly comes across smart enough to where you can believe he's this intelligent lawyer but he also got a certain charm that makes you like him and there's just a dignity that the actor brings to the role. He's surrounding with a great supporting cast including Joan Blondell who plays his secretary who also has a crush on him. Landau nearly walks away with the film as only he can. That certain toughness that he brings the character but he isn't tough in the same way Cagney or Bogart was. Instead, he's more laid back and quiet about the whole thing. Dodd is nice and sexy in her few scenes in the picture and Allen Jenkins is his usual fun self playing a tough guy. The screenplay itself really doesn't offer us anything we haven't seen before but I think it builds up a nice character with the main lawyer. There's a certain integrity that the character turns out to have and this here really makes it all the more fun to see the events play out.