The People Against O'Hara

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The People Against O'Hara
Poster of The People Against O'Hara.jpg
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
Cinematography John Alton
Edited by Gene Ruggiero
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • September 1, 1951 (1951-09-01) (United States)
Running time
102 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1 million[1][2]
Box office $1.7 million[1]

The People Against O'Hara is a 1951 film noir directed by John Sturges and based on Eleazar Lipsky's novel. The movie features Spencer Tracy, Pat O'Brien, and James Arness.[3]


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.



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.[1]

Critical response[edit]

Bosley Crowther of The New York Times called it "a curiously old-fashioned courtroom drama" that "moved ploddingly".[4] Variety wrote, "A basically good idea for a film melodrama [from a novel by Eleazar Lipsky] is cluttered up with too many unnecessary side twists and turns, and the presentation is uncomfortably overlong."[5]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
  2. ^ Glenn Lovell, Escape Artist: The Life and Films of John Sturges, University of Wisconsin Press, 2008, p. 69.
  3. ^ The People Against O'Hara at the American Film Institute Catalog.
  4. ^ Crowther, Bosley (September 6, 1951). "THE PEOPLE AGAINST O'HARA". The New York Times. Retrieved January 31, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Review: 'The People Against O'Hara'". Variety. 1951. Retrieved January 31, 2015. 

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