In State’s Attorney John Barrymore plays a D.A. who rose from reform school to law school. After first representing crime boss William Boyd, he turns over a new leaf and wins Twelvetrees’s affections. But his new position as D.A. leads to a run-in with his old boss.
State’s Attorney is based on the story of real life New York criminal attorney William J. Fallon, whose nickname was “Broadway’s Cicero.” Fallon defended 126 homicides without a single conviction and saved more than 50 people from execution
Cast: John Barrymore, Jill Esmond, William Boyd, Helen Twelvetrees,
Director: George Archainbaud
Producer: James Kevin McGuinness
Director of Photography: Leo Tover
Editors: William Hamilton, Charles L. Kimball
Screenwriters: Rowland Brown, Gene Fowler Jr.
Production Designer: Carroll Clark
USA / RKO / 81 minutes / 1931