Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Jim Curtayne, formerly a successful defense attorney who is now a recovering alcoholic, attempts a comeback when he defends a neighbor's son facing a homicide charge.
According to Director John Sturges' inputs for the book of Emmanuel Laborie "Sturges: a filmmaker's story", John Sturges said he was frightened directing Spencer Tracy, who was a living legend. At the beginning, he was just stuck on the storyboard and choosing good camera angles, and did not dare to interfere in Tracy's way of acting. Until the day Tracy rehearsed a scene, while Sturges was looking at it through the eye-piece of the camera, suddenly took off his jacket and hung it on the camera lens blocking up Sturges' view. Then Tracy took Sturges aside and told "John, can you stop only worrying about your camera and take care about the actors, because the camera is only a hungry machine, and it will not be satisfied if you feed it with junk food".
James P. Curtayne:
Now, Johnny, tell me this. When they tried to pick you up, why did you run?
John Fordman 'Johnny' O'Hara: I didn't know it was the cops. I thought it was... I was scared.
James P. Curtayne: You thought what?
John Fordman 'Johnny' O'Hara: I was scared. I... I saw guns. That's from the war. That's how guns hit me.
James P. Curtayne: Oh? They ...
John Fordman 'Johnny' O'Hara: ...
When Curtayne walks up to the bar to order a short beer, a moving shadow of the boom microphone and cables can be seen in the mirror behind the bar.
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