Lawyer Man

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Lawyer Man
Theatrical Poster
Directed by William Dieterle
Written by Book:
Max Trell
Rian James
James Seymour
Starring William Powell
Joan Blondell
Cinematography Robert Kurrle
Edited by Thomas Pratt
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • December 24, 1932 (1932-12-24) (New York City)
Running time
72 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Lawyer Man is a 1932 American Pre-Code drama film directed by William Dieterle, based on the novel by Max Trell. The film stars William Powell and Joan Blondell. It was produced by Warner Bros. By the time of the release, several actors were credited in the studio, but were not seen in the film. These include Edward Arnold, Harold Huber and Henry Armetta.


Anton Adam is a lawyer who has just got a client acquitted against the uptown New York lawyer Granville Bentley. Granville offers the poor lawyer partnership and he accepts. Anton's faithful secretary Olga Michaels isn't delighted to see Anton disrespecting the law. His downfall comes when he meets the beautiful Virginia, an actress who is introduced as a woman whose doctor has abandoned her and now seeks help.

Anton sues Dr. Gresham, but Virginia soon calls him she wants to drop the charges. He responds with anger, which Virginia records. Now, Anton is sued for blackmail and must face a tough jury. He loses his partnership with Bentley and he decides to become ruthless. With only his secretary on his side, Anton returns to his old neighbourhood to set up an honest legal practice.


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