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State's Attorney, a Barrymore Rarity


TomJH
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A beautiful murder suspect sits in the courtroom witness box, her legs deliberately crossed so as to be exposed to appreciative male members of the jury.

 

The prosecuting state's attorney, played by John Barrymore, approaches her for the first time for his cross examination. He says nothing, though, but instead stares at her legs. And continues to stare at them.

 

Finally the suspect, succumbing to the pressure of his gaze, pulls her dress down over her knees, asking him to stop staring at her legs.

 

"I'm not staring at your legs, madame . . ." Barrymore says.

 

Long deliberate pause for full dramatic effect.

 

"I'm looking at your soul."

 

That is one of my favourite moments in State's Attorney, a 1932 RKO programmer which TCM presented for the first time in years the other night. Unfortunately, it was put on in the wee morning hours so I have my doubts as to how many people actually saw it.

 

But it was a Barrymore star vehicle, done during the greatest period of his film career, the early talkies, when sound took handicuffs off the great voice that had been stilled during the silents, and before drink became the ruination of his career.

 

In State's Attorney, while his character is portrayed as a brilliant, if decidedly flamboyant and theatrical lawyer (this was Barrymore, after all) it also portrayed him as spending much of his time outside the courtroom draining the contents of bottles.

 

In this respect, I believe this little RKO production was the first film in the actor's career in which, to members of the audience, the screen character and Barrymore's well known real life peccadillos were starting to blend into one. This would continue and become even more apparent with his role as an alcoholic fading theatrical ham actor in the following year's Dinner at Eight.

 

But the little known State's Attorney, while hardly any kind of prestige production, is an amusing, fast moving little comedy-drama that is a real pleasure for those would want to see Barrymore before the drink got to him and he started to resort to clowning self caricatures on screen.

 

The film is generally light hearted in tone, yet it does present Helen Twelvetrees, in an affecting portrayal of a girl who has seen too much of the streets, as a young woman who sees the brilliance in Barrymore and wants to save him from himself and his drinking before it's too late. Sound a little familiar? Perhaps. Still, this film never falls into any kind of preaching at all, which is what makes it a generally fun ride.

 

There are bits of humour to be found in the film, if only in the dialogue.

 

At one moment Barrymore is pulling on his coat, and Twelvetrees tries to help him.

 

"Never mind, never mind," he says, "This is the only exercise I get."

 

There are, though, small hints of self loathing in Barrymore's portrayal, even though they're generally played down.

 

At one point Twelvetrees tells him that, if he tried, he could be anything.

 

Barrymore, slightly dishevelled with a drink in his hand, dismisses her comment.

 

"I put up a pretty good bluff," he says, "I'm not so hot."

 

I want to thank TCM for finally broadcasting this little film, and hope they'll put it on again, but in a better time slot so that more people can see it.

 

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I love watching Barrymore in his early talkies, that period from 1930 to 1934. I love him as Svengali, that diabolical hypnotist, as chilling a portrayal as the actor gave but levelled with so much humour in the film's earlier scenes (which Barrymore insisted upon) before the darkness of his character and the tale take hold.

 

Yet Barrymore has a lovely later scene in which Svengali shows some humanity and scruples.

 

Upset that his obsessiveness over the innocent Trilby (played by Marian Marsh) has not resulted in her feeling any physical passion for him, Svengali hypnotizes her in order to satisfy his carnal needs. As Trilby, under his spell, lights up her eyes with desire and it is apparent she is now more than ready to be seduced by the master hypnotist, Barrymore as Svengali reluctantly pushes her away from him.

 

"Ah," he says in disgust that he can't go through with the seduction, "It is only Svengali talking to Svengali."

 

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Any other Barrymore fans out there, and, in particular, did anyone catch State's Attorney?

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Councillor at Law is far better known for a good reason, finance. This adaption of the Elmer Rice stage hit has one of the great Barrymore performances.

 

I appreciate his straight forward acting in this film because he doesn't try to fall back upon his great charm, as he did in so many other films, such as State's Attorney or Grand Hotel.

 

There's one memorable scene in Councillor at Law in which Barrymore, with his business having problems mounting and suddenly discovering that his wife to whom he had been devoted has, in fact, been unfaithful to him, contemplates suicide. He opens his office window 20 storeys or whatever it was above street level, and edges himself towards the window. The camera closes in on the actor's face as Barrymore stares straight ahead.

 

It's a stunning moment in which the actor portrays a man who has lost all hope, with seemingly nothing but ruin ahead of him, now standing at the edge of a personal abyss. Will he jump or won't he? Barrymore's eyes tell you that he he has nothing to lose.

 

Ironically, it was during the making of this same film that Barrymore did have a personal crisis. For the first time in his career he had a serious memory lapse and couldn't remember dialogue in a key scene. With director William Wyler and co-star John Qualen there, the scene was retaken countless times. Each time Barrymore froze - no memory of the lines. After something like 17 takes Wyler called the day's shooting to a close and everyone went home.

 

The next day they attempted the same scene again and Barrymore got it letter perfect on the first take. But this turned out to be the beginning of the end for Barrymore. His drinking was finally having a serious impact on his memory, and would, of course, get increasingly worse for him, the actor having to resort to chalkboards around the sets of his films with his dialogue there for him to read.

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I'm a fan of this film. The murder trial scene is memorable and I like the performances of Helen Twelvetrees and William Boyd. Jill Esmond is another matter. Why does she have a British accent? Nat Pendleton was unbilled as Tiger, a boxer. But who noticed Barton MacLane as the court reporter?

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I certainly never spotted Barton MacLane's face as a reporter.

 

I enjoy these kind of courtroom dramas, with a touch of the street about them, that the studios produced in the early talkies. State's Attorney features nightclubs, as well as a crowded booze can, complete with jazz band, sequence that is fun to watch for its energy and atmosphere. The film deals with gangsters and crooked attorneys, and their shady interactions with the law.

 

William Boyd, as you say, Prince, is effective in the role of the gangster employing Barrymore. Boyd seemed to make a career of playing tough guys and mugs. Just the year before this film he had a similar role in Mamoulian's City Streets, which TCM has shown a few times recently.

 

Helen Twelvetrees' tired, sad countenance made her appropriate casting as the street girl who had seen a little too much of the harsh side of urban life. All this, plus John Barrymore in good form as the gangster's attorney who goes over to the other side. I like this little known drama quite a lot.

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Tom, sounds like a good one. I'll have to keep an eye out for a repeat showing. Speaking of Barton MacLane, TCM recently aired a rare starring role for him, *Wine, Women and Horses* , Ann Sheridan was his costar. I saw that one about a year ago, low budget but I thought it was quite good. I wish he would have gotten a few more chances at the lead character parts.

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It would be nice, mrroberts, if TCM replayed State's Attorney at a decent hour so more people can see it. What's the point of playing a genuinely rather rare film at 4 or 5 in the morning?

 

By the way, TCM has shown State's Attorney's remake on occasion, Criminal Lawyer starring Lee Tracy. I love the fast talking, acerbic Tracy but he clearly lacks the elegance that Barrymore brought to the role.

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I recorded and then watched *State's Attorney.* Not a bad little effort, maybe about a 7 on a 10 scale.

 

What was interesting was the way that Barrymore went from a mob mouthpiece to his State's Attorney role, only then to discover that he'd feel cleaner going back to defending criminals rather than trying to put them away. There was a similar change of heart by Warren William in *The Mouthpiece,* only in reverse order, as William went from a guilt-ridden DA to a mob lawyer, but then winds up turning against the mob and gets gunned down for his betrayal. Overall it's a far superior movie to *State's Attorney,* but then William is a far more convincing actor in roles like this than Barrymore ever was.

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Andy, I agree that The Mouthpiece is another good little courtroom drama, and Warren William's self serving, slimy characterizations during the pre-code period were clearly the highlight of that "poor man's Barrymore"'s career.

 

The scene in Mouthpiece that I particularly recall is when William, in a bravura bid to free a crooked client, drinks from a bottle of poison entered as evidence against that client to prove that it is not poison.

 

The jury, suitably impressed by this demonstration of confidence (and piece of theater) by the lawyer, and, after checking in on William to see if he's still okay, soon finds the defendant not guilty. William then hurriedly leaves the courtroom in order to have his stomach pumped, because it really was poison.

 

I hate to think of what might have happened to William if the jury had taken its time in coming to a conclusion. Also, I can't recall the reason why the contents of the bottle were simply not tested to see if it was poison. (Possibly because it would have deprived the film of one of its best scenes).

 

William was a natural for this kind of sleazy role at which he truly excelled. As an actor, though, he lacked Barrymore's demonstrated versatility, as well, I feel, the depth of characterization the Great Profile could bring to a role when he was at his best.

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I imagine that a lot of people had the same reaction that you did to that poison gambit in The Mouthpiece, but as you say, it sure added to the drama!

 

I haven't seen enough of John Barrymore's non-sleazeball roles to form much of an overall impression of him, but I've yet to see any movie of his* that I'd prefer to any of a dozen of William's.

 

*Well, maybe Dinner at Eight, but that's much more for Harlow and Beery's matrimonial warfare than for JB's rather pedestrian performance.

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On Thursday, 1/23, at 9:35 am eastern, the Fox Movie Channel will show on of the best of Barrymore's later films,.1938's HOLD THAT COED. Here he plays a politician looking for votes on campus, in this college football musical. Great cast make this quite enjoyable.

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Well, Andy, as I stated earlier in my original posting of this thread, it's the early talkie period of Barrymore's film career that is definitely my favourite.

 

Highlights for me from that time would include his grand theatrical turn, combining both villainy and humour, as *Svengali*, the elegance of his performances as jewel thieves in *Arsene Lupin* and *Grand Hotel*, a wonderfully understated character turn as the meek professor in *Topaze*, his lawyer who reaches the end of his rope in *Councillor at* *Law*, as well as the lunacy of Broadway eccentrics that he captured as theatre producer Oscar Jaffe in Howard Hawks' *20th Century*.

 

Another early talkie performance worth mentioning is in *The Mad Genius*, sort of a variation on Svengali, a film also noteworthy for its expressionistic sets and Michael Curtiz's direction.

 

Even when Barrymore played the conventional hero role in *Rasputin and the Empress* he managed to make the part interesting (though I have, of course, always wished that he could instead have played the ambitious Russian monk). John Barrymore's versatility is such that he could have played either hero or villain in that same film.

 

TCM has shown all these films.

 

From his silent period, Barrymore was one of the best swashbuckling competitors that Fairbanks had in his productions of *Don Juan* and *The Beloved Rogue* (his Francois Villon performance here also highlighted his capacity for comedy). (Yes, I know, you don't like costumers but I'm trying to illustrate his versatility by mentioning these roles). There was also, of course, his most famous silent performance as *Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde*.

 

His later talkies are less satisfactory, Barrymore either than lead in minor "B"s or in support in a few "A" productions. Arturo has already mentioned *Hold That Co-ed*, which has a very broad comedy performance from the actor. Still, he's quite funny. There is also *The Great Man Votes*, a comedy-drama with Barrymore in good form, as well as his supporting comedy role in Mitchell Leisen's *Midnight*, with Claudette Colbert.

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I recorded Arsene Lupin but have yet to watch it, and I never even heard of Councillor at Law until you mentioned it. I liked Svengali, though not as much as I thought I was going to, and I haven't seen The Mad Genius, although it sounds promising. I loved Grand Hotel but not too keen on 20th Century. I realize I'm in the minority on that one.

 

What I really should watch besides the ones you mentioned are Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Those are the 1922 and 1920 silent versions of the much repeated classics, and in the former film we also get to see a very early William Powell.

 

Too many movies, too few hours in the day. :(

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I saw Sherlock Holmes once and can't say that I was knocked out by either the film or Barrymore's performance in it.

 

Of Roland Young, who played Dr. Watson in the film, Barrymore said, "The quiet, agreeable bastard had stolen not one, but every damned scene!"

 

Arsene Lupin is another story. John and brother Lionel, who plays the police inspector with whom Lupin is in a constant cat-and-mouse game, really bounce off each other extremely well. This is a fun film, and if you liked John as the Baron in Grand Hotel, you will probably enjoy him in this production, as well.

 

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Yes, Councillor at Law was William Wyler's first prestige production as director, with the casting of John Barrymore as playright Elmer Rice's Jewish lawyer playing no small part in the film's status.

 

The following description of the Councillor at Law shoot comes from James Kotsilibas-Davis' The Barrymores:

 

Said Elmer Rice: "I admired Barrymore, but I had my doubts about his rightness for the part. Moreover, he was definitely on the decline. But, in view of his greats talents and great name, I could hardly have objected to him even if I had the veto power."

 

Said Wyler: "I was a bit impressed to be directing Barrymore. After all, I had only just turned thirty. But we got on together quite well."

 

When the young nervous director met the Great Profile, Barrymore put his arm around his shoulders to reassure him.

 

"You and I are going to get along fine," Barrymore told him, "Don't worry about all the tempermental stuff you've heard about the Barrymores. It all comes from my sister and she's full of ****."

 

Said Wyler: "He was a wonderful actor, though his style was not like the acting of today. He was especially good at comedy and could read lines in ways that would make them seem funny, that would bring out the comic flavour I had been unaware of. His kind of artistocracy made the lawyer's climb from the ghetto even more spectacular and he allowed us to make an extra little point about this emancipated Jew in the scene with his old mother."

 

Barrymore was being paid $25,000 a week by Universal for his performance and Wyler was pressured by the studio to complete all the actor's scenes in two weeks.

 

"It was mad," said Wyler, "In every scene I shot only Barrymore, skipping closeups of anybody talking to him for later. It's a terrible way to make pictures."

 

With his scenes completed, Barrymore departed the studio to begin Break of Hearts, with Katharine Hepburn. That project would be shelved, however, due to script issues, with Barrymore eventually replaced by Charles Boyer. Barrymore would instead make a B at RKO, Long Lost Father.

 

After completing LLF, Barrymore returned to Universal for the shooting of one additonal scene for Councillor at Law. The actor turned up on the studio lot sober but tired.

 

"During filming, the star stumbled over a short speech and made a comic face, eliciting laughter from those on the set. When they retook the scene, he faltered in the same place, continuing to do so each time they repeated it. Angered by his own failure, he rattled actor John Qualen, who had been letter perfect. The scene deteriorated. Jack began perspiring, his face becoming strained and pale. After "fifty odd takes," according to Gene Fowler, shooting was postponed until the next day. "Fifty takes would be insane," Wyler protested, admitting to twenty-five. But the director's reputation as a perfectionist and the star's as a liability were sealed that day."

 

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Thelma Todd and Bebe Daniels share the scene with Barrymore

 

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That's future director Vincent Sherman

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*Three of John Barrymore's More Memorable Productions*

 

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Svengali, one of the great Barrymore performances

 

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Rasputin and the Empress. An auspicious occasion as this would be the only film production to have all three Barrymores cast in it. That's director Charles Brabin behind them. He would be replaced by Richard Boleslavsky.

 

"What poor son of a **** is going to direct this picture?" Lionel asked.

 

"You know, Jack," Irving Thalberg said, "you have to kill Lionel in the last reel. You don't mind, do you?"

 

"I don't mind," Jack replied, "but the way he's going to steal this picture from his brother and sister, I ought to kill him in the first reel."

 

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Don Juan

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My condolences, Andy, that you can't remember a wonderful (in my opinion) Barrymore performance in Councillor at Law.

 

All joking aside, some have speculated that Barrymore's later mental deterioration may not have only been as a result of his well known alcoholism, but also possibly from some form of dementia.

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