State's Attorney is a 1932 American pre-Code drama film made at RKO and starring John Barrymore. George Archainbaud directed and the film could more or less be considered a warm up for Barrymore when he later went to Universal to film the similar Counsellor at Law. Remade in 1937 and 1951 both titled Criminal Lawyer.[1] The story was supposedly based on the life of criminal lawyer William J. Fallon, who defended 126 homicide cases without any convictions.[2]

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State's Attorney
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Directed byGeorge Archainbaud
Written byLouis Stevens (story)
Gene Fowler (script)
Rowland Brown (script)
Produced byJames Kevin McGuinness (associate producer)
David O. Selznick (executive producer)
StarringJohn Barrymore
Helen Twelvetrees
Jill Esmond
William "Stage" Boyd
Mary Duncan
CinematographyLeo Tover
Edited byCharles L. Kimball
Music byMax Steiner
Ray Heindorf
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release dates
  • May 5, 1932 (1932-05-05) (New York City)
  • May 20, 1932 (1932-05-20) (U.S.)
Running time
73 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
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