This week’s mystery movie was the 1932 Warner Bros. film “Lawyer Man” with William Powell, Joan Blondell, David Landau, Helen Vinson, Claire Dodd, Alan Dinehart and Allen Jenkins. Screenplay by Rian James and James Seymour, based on the novel “Lawyer Man” by Max Trell, edited by Thomas Pratt, art direction by Esdras Hartley, photography by Robert Kurrle, gowns by Orry-Kelly, associate director Stanley Logan, Vitaphone Orchestra directed by Leo F. Forbstein.
Directed by William Dieterle.
“Lawyer Man” is available from Warner Archive in the “Forbidden Hollywood Collection” Volume 4.
Writing in the New York Times (Dec. 27, 1932), Mordaunt Hall said:
The latest picture to turn the light on the activities of a keen-witted member of the bar is “Lawyer Man,” which is now at the Hollywood. Sometimes this feature recalls turns in “The Mouthpiece,” but the current offering is none the less quite entertaining. William Powell does well as Anton Adam, who achieves a certain distinction through officiating as a lawyer for ghetto clients, and Joan Blondell gives a smart portrayal as Olga, Adam’s most efficient secretary.
By popular request, here’s Max Davidson in his brief screen appearance with William Powell in “Lawyer Man.”
For Monday, we have a mystery woman. She is flirting with the non-mysterious leading man, who will appear Friday.
Update: This is Renee Whitney.
For Tuesday, we have another mystery woman.
Update: This is Claire Dodd.
Brain Trust roll call: Mark A. Vieira, who said he recognized Monday’s mystery woman because she appears in his forthcoming book “Forbidden Hollywood,” coming out April 2. Congrats, Mark. We look forward to seeing your latest book!
For Wednesday, we have this stylish gent.
Update: This is Sam Godfrey.
Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie, Monday’s flirty mystery woman and Tuesday’s mystery woman).
For Thursday, we have this mystery chap….
Update: This is Rockliffe Fellowes.
… plus this non-mysterious gent and his poor mother….
Update: This is Allen Jenkins and Ann Brody.
… and finally.
Update: This is Helen Vinson and Alan Dinehart.
Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery gent).
And for Friday….
And Joan and Bill.
Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie and Monday’s, Tuesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests), Chrisbo (Thursday’s mystery gent No. 2), Sheila (Thursday’s mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Monday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests) and Thom and Megan (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guests No. 2-4).