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The Man Who Talked Too Much (1940)

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76 min | Drama

Assistant District Attorney Stephen Forbes, an impressive orator with a long list of convictions, resigns when an innocent boy is convicted and the real murderer confesses too late. He opens a cheap law office and his secretary Joan Reed ...See moreAssistant District Attorney Stephen Forbes, an impressive orator with a long list of convictions, resigns when an innocent boy is convicted and the real murderer confesses too late. He opens a cheap law office and his secretary Joan Reed goes with him. Business is bad until he ties up with J.B. Roscoe, the contact man between city hall and the underworld. Forbes moves to a swanky office and adds two people to his staff - his younger brother John, who he helped through law school, and Celia Farraday. Celia helps John win his first case and the two fall in love. John realizes his brother's firm isn't honest and wants to break the underworld contact. He opens Steve's safe for federal authorities hunting evidence against Roscoe. But the latter plants enough circumstantial evidence against John that the latter is convicted of murder and sent to death row. Written by Les Adams See less
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Writers
Walter DeLeon (screenplay) | Earl Baldwin (screenplay) | Frank J. Collins (play "The Mouthpiece")
Composer
Heinz Roemheld (as H. Roemheld)
Cinematographer
Sidney Hickox (as Sid Hickox)
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Updated Jun 28, 1940

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Jul 16, 1940 (United States)

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72 cast members
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George Brent
Stephen M. Forbes Stephen M. Forbes   See fewer
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Virginia Bruce
Joan Reed Joan Reed   See fewer
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Brenda Marshall
Celia Farrady Celia Farrady   See fewer
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Richard Barthelmess
J.B. Roscoe J.B. Roscoe   See fewer
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William Lundigan
John L. Forbes John L. Forbes   See fewer
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George Tobias
Slug 'Canvasback' McNutt Slug 'Canvasback' McNutt   See fewer
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John Litel
District Attorney Dickson District Attorney Dickson   See fewer
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Henry Armetta
Tony Spirella Tony Spirella   See fewer
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Alan Baxter
Joe Garland Joe Garland   See fewer
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David Bruce
Gerald Wilson Gerald Wilson   See fewer
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Clarence Kolb
E.A. Smith E.A. Smith   See fewer
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Marc Lawrence
Lefty Kyler Lefty Kyler   See fewer
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Edwin Stanley
District Attorney Nelson (as Ed Stanley) District Attorney Nelson (as Ed Stanley)   See fewer
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Kay Sutton
Mrs. Knight (scenes deleted) Mrs. Knight (scenes deleted)   See fewer
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John Ridgely
Brooks Brooks   See fewer
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William Forrest
Federal District Attorney F.R. Greene Federal District Attorney F.R. Greene   See fewer
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Maris Wrixon
Roscoe's Secretary Roscoe's Secretary   See fewer
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Margaret Hayes
Governor's Secretary (as Dana Dale) Governor's Secretary (as Dana Dale)   See fewer
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Vera Lewis
Undetermined Secondary Role (scenes deleted) Undetermined Secondary Role (scenes deleted)   See fewer
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Susan Peters
Undetermined Secondary Role (scenes deleted) (as Suzanne Carnahan) Undetermined Secondary Role (scenes deleted) (as Suzanne Carnahan)   See fewer
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Herbert Anderson
Hotel Clerk #2 (uncredited) Hotel Clerk #2 (uncredited)   See fewer
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Peter Ashley
District Attorney's Assistant (uncredited) District Attorney's Assistant (uncredited)   See fewer
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James Blaine
Guard (uncredited) Guard (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank Bruno
Griswold (uncredited) Griswold (uncredited)   See fewer
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Glen Cavender
Prisoner (uncredited) Prisoner (uncredited)   See fewer
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Richard Clayton
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited) Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)   See fewer
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James Conaty
Wilson's Attorney (uncredited) Wilson's Attorney (uncredited)   See fewer
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Alan Davis
Whitey (uncredited) Whitey (uncredited)   See fewer
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James Flavin
Pete - Prison Guard (uncredited) Pete - Prison Guard (uncredited)   See fewer
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Eddie Foster
Weinstein (uncredited) Weinstein (uncredited)   See fewer
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Rosina Galli
Mrs. Spirella (uncredited) Mrs. Spirella (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Gardner
Juror Peering Out of Jury Room at Garland Trial (uncredited) Juror Peering Out of Jury Room at Garland Trial (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mary Gordon
Mrs. Dunn (uncredited) Mrs. Dunn (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sol Gorss
Forbes' Escort to Stomach Pump (uncredited) Forbes' Escort to Stomach Pump (uncredited)   See fewer
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William Gould
Chief Kendall (uncredited) Chief Kendall (uncredited)   See fewer
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Creighton Hale
Reporter #4 (uncredited) Reporter #4 (uncredited)   See fewer
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Chuck Hamilton
Policeman in Court (uncredited) Policeman in Court (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Hamilton
Governor (uncredited) Governor (uncredited)   See fewer
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George Haywood
Reporter #3 (uncredited) Reporter #3 (uncredited)   See fewer
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William Hopper
Reporter #2 (uncredited) Reporter #2 (uncredited)   See fewer
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George Kirby
Roscoe's Butler (uncredited) Roscoe's Butler (uncredited)   See fewer
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Alexander Leftwich
Jury Foreman - Garland Trial (uncredited) Jury Foreman - Garland Trial (uncredited)   See fewer
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Max Linder
Juror (uncredited) Juror (uncredited)   See fewer
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Wilfred Lucas
Chaplain #2 (uncredited) Chaplain #2 (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank Mayo
Keeper (uncredited) Keeper (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sam McDaniel
William Lovelace Jackson - Porter (uncredited) William Lovelace Jackson - Porter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tom McGuire
Warden at Execution (uncredited) Warden at Execution (uncredited)   See fewer
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Howard M. Mitchell
Bald Juror - Garland Trial (uncredited) Bald Juror - Garland Trial (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Mower
Prison Guard Talking to Pete (uncredited) Prison Guard Talking to Pete (uncredited)   See fewer
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David Newell
Court Clerk - Garland Trial (uncredited) Court Clerk - Garland Trial (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank O'Connor
Jury Bailiff (uncredited) Jury Bailiff (uncredited)   See fewer
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George Ovey
Witness - Fifth Trial (uncredited) Witness - Fifth Trial (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Perry
Racketeer (uncredited) Racketeer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Paul Phillips
Trigger Jones (uncredited) Trigger Jones (uncredited)   See fewer
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Paul Ravel
Rusty Miller (uncredited) Rusty Miller (uncredited)   See fewer
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John J. Richardson
Prisoner (uncredited) Prisoner (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ruth Robinson
Mrs. Clark - Housekeeper (uncredited) Mrs. Clark - Housekeeper (uncredited)   See fewer
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Thomas W. Ross
Judge Gest - Garland Trial (uncredited) Judge Gest - Garland Trial (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sally Sage
Telephone Operator (uncredited) Telephone Operator (uncredited)   See fewer
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Cliff Saum
Prisoner (uncredited) Prisoner (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harry Seymour
Sign Painter (uncredited) Sign Painter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Sherlock
Gun-Wielding Henchman in Car (uncredited) Gun-Wielding Henchman in Car (uncredited)   See fewer
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Napoleon Simpson
Prisoner (uncredited) Prisoner (uncredited)   See fewer
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Don Turner
Forbes' Escort to Stomach Pump (uncredited) Forbes' Escort to Stomach Pump (uncredited)   See fewer
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Emmett Vogan
Chaplain #1 (uncredited) Chaplain #1 (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lottie Williams
Wilson's Mother (uncredited) Wilson's Mother (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tom Wilson
Prisoner (uncredited) Prisoner (uncredited)   See fewer
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Douglas Wood
Judge D.R. Rowan (uncredited) Judge D.R. Rowan (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.5 / 10 | 246 votes