The People Against O'Hara (Full Screen)
Warner Archive Collection (series)
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 42 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: November 22, 2011
- Originally Released: 1951
- Label: Warner Archives
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
- PCM Mono - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Pat O'Brien, Diana Lynn, Spencer Tracy, John Hodiak & Eduardo Ciannelli|
|Performer:||James Arness, Eduardo Ciannelli, William Campbell & Richard Anderson|
|Directed by||John Sturges|
|Edited by||Gene Ruggiero|
|Screenwriting by||John Monks, Jr.|
|Composition by||Carmen Dragon|
|Art Direction by||James Basevi & Cedric Gibbons|
|Director of Photography:||John Alton|
"[T]he dominant personality here is the cinematographer John Alton, whose spatially complex, audaciously backlighted images emerge in all their noirish glory..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
A young John Sturges (The Magnificent Seven) teams up with seasoned cinema vet Tracy for this noir-tinged legal drama, and it proves a potent combo -- a solid, by-the-numbers thriller rises above the machinations of plot to provide a compelling portrait of a very good, but very weak man in thrall to some very bad, very strong impulses.
THE PEOPLE AGAINST O'HARA was a well-made, largely location-shot crime drama set in New York City, but it wouldn't have been nearly so prestigious a movie were it not for the presence of Spencer Tracy in the role of Curtayne. Ironically enough, he only agreed to do the film on the condition that his friend Pat O'Brien, who hadn't been in a major studio release in a couple of years, be given a large role, which he got as the lead detective on the case, and O'Brien and Tracy get a couple of really good scenes together. The film also includes an unbilled appearance by Charles Bronson, who was still working as Charles Buchinski in 1951, and is highlighted by a superb prominent supporting performance by William Campbell, who seems to quietly relish every nuance of his portrayal of a totally slimy character.
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