The People Against O'Hara
|The People Against O'Hara|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||John Sturges|
|Produced by||William H. Wright|
|Screenplay by||John Monks Jr.|
|Based on||the novel The People Against O'Hara
by Eleazar Lipsky
|Music by||Carmen Dragon|
|Edited by||Gene Ruggiero|
James Curtayne (Tracy) has retired from law, but he returns to defend John O'Hara (Arness) on a murder charge. Curtayne's drinking and rustiness result in O'Hara being found guilty, but Curtayne makes further efforts to prove him innocent.
- Spencer Tracy as Curtayne
- Pat O'Brien as Det. Ricks
- Diana Lynn as Ginny
- John Hodiak as D.A. Barra
- James Arness as John O'Hara
According to MGM records the film earned $1,107,000 in the US and Canada and $588,000 elsewhere, resulting in a $22,000 profit.
Film critic Dennis Schwartz gave the film a favorable review, writing, "John Sturges capably directs this routine formula courtroom crime thriller. Writer John Monks Jr. adapts Eleazar Lipsky's novel The People Against O'Hara to the screen. Cinematographer John Alton does his usual fine job in photographing the glossy black-and-white film and in using the authentic New York City locations to give it a film noir look ... It's not the usual strong role Spencer Tracy is noted for, but he acquits himself well as the vulnerable lawyer who is indecisive and plagued with a battle against the bottle. Tracy agreed to the part only if his longtime pal Pat O'Brien was given a featured part. O'Brien was passe to the studio and was being passed over for roles in A films."
- The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
- Glenn Lovell, Escape Artist: The Life and Films of John Sturges, University of Wisconsin Press, 2008, p. 69.
- The People Against O'Hara at the American Film Institute Catalog.
- Schwartz, Dennis. Ozus' World Movie Reviews, February 8, 2005. Accessed: July 8, 2013.
- The People Against O'Hara at the American Film Institute Catalog
- The People Against O'Hara at the Internet Movie Database
- The People Against O'Hara at AllMovie
- The People Against O'Hara at the TCM Movie Database
- The People Against O'Hara information site and DVD review at DVD Beaver (includes images)
- The People Against O'Hara film trailer on YouTube