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PEOPLE AGAINST O'HARA

People Against O'hara

Directed by John Sturges, Starring John Sturges, Richard Anderson, James Arness, Tony Barr, Brooks Benedict, Lennie Bremen, Paul Bryar, Charles Bronson, Benny Burt, John Butler, Perdita Chandler, Eduardo Ciannelli, Mae Clarke, Jonathan Cott, Donald Dillaway, Ann Doran, Yvette Dugay, Fred Essler, Frank Ferguson, Bill Fletcher, Jay C. Flippen, Ned Glass, Virginia Hewitt, John Hodiak, Frank Hyers, Jan Kayne, Jack Kruschen, Louise Lorimer, Celia Lovsky, Lou Lubin, Diana Lynn, George Magrill, Peter Mamakos, Michael Mark, Strother Martin, Paul McGuire, Emile Meyer, Pat O'Brien, Henry O'Neill, Lee Phelps, Jeff Richards, Maurice Samuels, William Schallert, Kay Scott, William Self, John Sheehan, Arthur Shields, Frank Sully, Julius Tannen, Lawrence Tolan, Jim Toney, Regis Toomey, Spencer Tracy, Billy Vincent, Katherine Warren, Bud Wolfe, Richard H. Bartlett, Michael Dugan, John Maxwell, Richard Landry, John Albright, Harry Cody, Sam Finn, Dan Foster, Charles Anthony Hughes, Ernesto Morelli, Phyllis Graffeo, Jack Lee, Joyce Otis, Angi O. Poulos, William Campbell
Written by John Sturges, Richard Anderson, James Arness, Tony Barr, Brooks Benedict, Lennie Bremen, Paul Bryar, Charles Bronson, Benny Burt, John Butler, Perdita Chandler, Eduardo Ciannelli, Mae Clarke, Jonathan Cott, Donald Dillaway, Ann Doran, Yvette Dugay, Fred Essler, Frank Ferguson, Bill Fletcher, Jay C. Flippen, Ned Glass, Virginia Hewitt, John Hodiak, Frank Hyers, Jan Kayne, Jack Kruschen, Louise Lorimer, Celia Lovsky, Lou Lubin, Diana Lynn, George Magrill, Peter Mamakos, Michael Mark, Strother Martin, Paul McGuire, Emile Meyer, Pat O'Brien, Henry O'Neill, Lee Phelps, Jeff Richards, Maurice Samuels, William Schallert, Kay Scott, William Self, John Sheehan, Arthur Shields, Frank Sully, Julius Tannen, Lawrence Tolan, Jim Toney, Regis Toomey, Spencer Tracy, Billy Vincent, Katherine Warren, Bud Wolfe, Richard H. Bartlett, Michael Dugan, John Maxwell, Richard Landry, John Albright, Harry Cody, Sam Finn, Dan Foster, Charles Anthony Hughes, Ernesto Morelli, Phyllis Graffeo, Jack Lee, Joyce Otis, Angi O. Poulos, William Campbell

Fish-market worker Johnny O'Hara (James Arness) is named as a suspect when his boss -- with whom he had a dispute the previous day -- is shot to death in an apparent robbery. When he's arrested, his family appeals to their old friend James Curtayne (Spencer Tracy), who was once a renowned criminal attorney but is now in civil practice. He resists their entreaties until he realizes that no decent attorney will handle the case properly; his daughter (Diana Lynn) watches with alarm, however, for we soon learn that Curtayne is an alcoholic, and that the major factor in his life that pushed him over the edge was the stress of having someone's life in his hands. He discovers soon enough just how much Johnny's life is in his hands when his client refuses to level with him about his real whereabouts on the night of the murder. He also realizes as the trial starts precisely how rusty he is in the courtroom, and the old stresses return -- and with them, his drinking. Curtayne not only manages to lose the case but destroys his career when he tries to buy off a larcenous prosecution witness. His client facing a death sentence and his own life and career in ruins, he's seemingly hit bottom, but then new evidence surfaces, of a nature that not even the ambitious prosecutor (John Hodiak) can ignore. Recognizing that his client was actually innocent and also acting in his silence -- however stupidly -- from the noblest of motives, Curtayne is willing to redeem himself by putting his own life on the line, confronting a killer who has taken more than one life without any compunction whatsoever, and who has no reason to spill anything. The People Against O'Hara was a well-made, largely location-shot crime drama set in New York City, but it wouldn't have been nearly so prestigious a movie were it not for the presence of Spencer Tracy in the role of Curtayne. Ironically enough, he only agreed to do the film on the condition that his friend Pat O'Brien, who hadn't been in a major studio release in a couple of years, be given a large role, which he got as the lead detective on the case, and O'Brien and Tracy get a couple of really good scenes together. The film also includes an unbilled appearance by Charles Bronson, who was still working as Charles Buchinski in 1951, and is highlighted by a superb prominent supporting performance by William Campbell, who seems to quietly relish every nuance of his portrayal of a totally slimy character. Bruce Eder, Rovi

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  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Digital Dist
  • UPC: 883316338162
  • Region: Region 0
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HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
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