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Mr. District Attorney

Mr. District Attorney(1947)

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This film marked the first post-war directorial assignment for Robert B. Sinclair. A Los Angeles Times news item dated February 18, 1946 claimed that Tallulah Bankhead was "on the verge" of signing on to the film, and also reported that the producers hoped to sign Edward G. Robinson as soon as he finished reading the script. Hollywood Reporter production charts list Henry Freulich as the film's photographer, although Bert Glennon is credited onscreen. An August 1946 Hollywood Reporter news item noted that the film was shot primarily at General Service Studios due to a shortage of space at the Columbia soundstages. According to Hollywood Reporter, the street sequences were shot at the Columbia Ranch in Burbank, CA. Various news items indicate that producer Sam Bischoff intended this to be the first in a series of seven features based on Phillips H. Lord's radio program, Mr. District Attorney, which aired on the NBC network; however, no additional films were made. Republic also intended to produce a series based on Lord's radio program, but completed only two features, Mr. District Attorney (which also starred Dennis O'Keefe in the title role) and Mr. District Attorney in the Carter Case (see entries above and below), both released in 1941. A proposed third entry in the Republic series was eventually retitled Secrets of the Underground and was not advertized as an entry, although it featured the character "P. Cadwallader Jones," the name of the original "Mr. District Attorney." A television adaptation of Lord's long-running radio series, also titled Mr. District Attorney, aired on NBC from October 1, 1951 to June 23, 1954 and in syndication in 1954. The television series featured Paul Garrett, then David Brian in the title role.