Illegal (1955)

 


 

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After an overly aggressive district attorney unknowingly sends an innocent man to the chair, he resigns, turns to drink, and acquires a criminal clientele. Full summary »

Genre: Crime,Drama,Film-Noir

Illegal (1955)
   
Release Date: 24 August 1956 (Finland)
Country: USA
Director: Lewis Allen
Cast:
  • Edward G. Robinson
  • Nina Foch
  • Hugh Marlowe
  • Jayne Mansfield
  • Albert Dekker
  • Howard St. John
  • Ellen Corby
  • Edward Platt
  • Jan Merlin
  • Robert Ellenstein
  • Jay Adler
  • Henry Kulky
  • James McCallion
  • Addison Richards
  • Lawrence Dobkin


10 Responses to Illegal (1955)

  1. Henry_Valentine
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    Did anybody else suppress a giggle when Hugh Marlowe called the the new District Attorney (played by Edward Platt) "Chief"?


    I Want a Nutty Nanner®!

  2. Mr_McLaurel
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    How great is the opening sequence of this movie? And the way it leads to the titles…so cool. Good movie, too – flawed script but it’s definitely elevated by Eddie Robinson’s performance.

    What’s the Spanish for drunken bum?

  3. kaiserwilhelmII
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    What becomes of Scott? Does he live or die?

    "Throw the pigs out!" – Kaiser Wilhelm II

  4. bradley1956
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    I was always under the impression that this film was originally released in 4:3 ratio. I just received the recently released version from the Warner Film Noir collection, and "Illegal" appears in a 16:9 format. From all appearances the film doesn’t appear "cropped" top and bottom. Perhaps this film was released in widescreen format. Anybody know for sure?

  5. hilljayne
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    Many people have compared Jayne’s role in this to that of Marilyn Monroe’s role in THE ASPHALT JUNGLE. Similar type of roles and both were new and fresh faced starlets at the time. It is interesting to note that when Jayne became very popular on Broadway, despite having already been dropped by Warner’s, her name starting appearing on the marquee and in movie posters for the movie.

    Professional Jayne Mansfield fanatic/lover™ since 1980.

  6. richsass
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    The role of Andy the hitman played by Jan Merlin was an attempt to mimic Richard Widmark or Lee Van Cleef as a crazied killer.

  7. nighthawkX13
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    At the 38:46 mark of the film, top right, can be seen the famous ‘Blackbird’. It’s in every scene shot in the new D.A.’s office.

  8. hershon2004
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    The ending of this movie has to be in the Top 5 of Most Moronic Endings in Movie History. Edward G. Robinson has been shot, he collapses in a court room, obviously of a bullet wound, yet no one bothers to try to help them but instead tell him what a great guy he is and the judge tells him he can’t wait to try his next case or words to that effect. Its not clear if Robinson is dead or what. Its also amazing how he can be shot with a bullet & there’s no blood or blood stains on his clothing. Was this movie made by people on Crack?

  9. famalberts
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    DVD release (Warner): July 2007

    Source: http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/film-noir.htm

  10. hilljayne
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    I became an admirer of Ms. Foch in the Jessica Lange camp spectacle ‘Hush’. Nina is in this movie and is really good actress and goes to head to head with the gaudy Edward G. Robinson.

    Professional Jayne Mansfield fanatic/lover™ since 1980.

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