Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
After an overly aggressive district attorney unknowingly sends an innocent man to the chair, he resigns, turns to drinking, and acquires a criminal clientèle.
The main character is very loosely based on Bill "The Great Mouthpiece" Fallon, one of the great criminal defense attorneys of the 1920s, who successfully defended gambler Arnold Rothstein in the "Black Sox" Fix of the 1919 World Series.
Well, every time you go into a courtroom, it's a gamble.
Frank Garland: I'm the house, Victor. I never gamble!
When Edward G. Robinson visits Nina Foch after she's been arrested, initially she's resistant, but when he tells her that she faces a murder charge, she breaks down and says, "Oh, Ray" (the name of her dead husband) instead of "Oh, Victor," the name of Edward G. Robinson's character.
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