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Counsellor at Law (1933)




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Adapted from the play by Elmer Rice, this film is the story of a successful Jewish lawyer George Simon. Simon's wife and children look down upon him because of his humble upbringings, while his mother reprimands him for turning his back on his heritage.


John Barrymore
as George Simon
Doris Kenyon
as Cora Simon
Bebe Daniels
as Regina "Rexy" Gordon
Onslow Stevens
as John P. Tedesco
Isabel Jewell
as Bessie Green
Melvyn Douglas
as Roy Darwin
Thelma Todd
as Lillian La Rue
Marvin Kline
as Weinberg
John Qualen
as Breitstein
Malka Kornstein
as Sarah Becker
Angela Jacobs
as Goldie Rindskopf
Clara Langsner
as Lena Simon
T.H. Manning
as Peter J. Malone
Elmer Brown
as F.C. Baird
Vincent Sherman
as Harry Becker
Bobby Gordon
as Henry Susskind
Victor Adams
as David Simon
Mayo Methot
as Zedorah Chapman
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Critic Reviews for Counsellor at Law

All Critics (11)

Of the current epidemic of lawyer-pictures, "Counsellor-at-Law" is-the best. John Barrymore doesn't fit the part as did Paul Muni, but Elmer Rice's excellent storycraftsmanship carries the picture through.

May 5, 2020 | Full Review…

Counsellor at Law is brisk and absorbing acting, if rather exhausting...

July 23, 2019 | Full Review…

John Barrymore trying to act kosher, but running a poor second to Paul Muni, who played the role on the stage. The film introduces a refreshing proletarian note into Hollywood, however, and is well directed by William Wyler.

June 6, 2019 | Full Review…

A swift, captivating record of '30s theatrical tropes

August 5, 2010 | Full Review…

Wyler really started showing his skills with this outstanding film featuring a top-notch performance by John Barrymore.

October 18, 2008 | Full Review…

Pre-Production Code leftist jewel

January 3, 2005 | Full Review…

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