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The Man Who Wouldn't Talk (1940)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 23 January 1940 (USA)
A man involved in a crime (Nolan) kills his key witness by mistake and resigns himself to death. He changes his name so as not to harm his family. The law is not content with his ... See full summary »

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David Burton
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lloyd Nolan ... Joe Monday
Jean Rogers ... Alice Stetson
Richard Clarke Richard Clarke ... Steve Phillips
Onslow Stevens ... Frederick Keller
Eric Blore ... Horace Parker
Joan Valerie ... Miss Norton
Mae Marsh ... Mrs. Stetson
Paul Stanton ... Attorney Cluett
Douglas Wood Douglas Wood ... Walker
Irving Bacon ... Paul Gillis
Lester Sharpe ... Henri Picot (as Lester Scharff)
Harlan Briggs ... Foreman in Jury
Elisabeth Risdon ... Jury Member (as Elizabeth Risdon)
Renie Riano ... Lilly Wigham
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Storyline

A man involved in a crime (Nolan) kills his key witness by mistake and resigns himself to death. He changes his name so as not to harm his family. The law is not content with his explanation, however. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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WHO is the man without a past?... WHAT secret sealed his lips?

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El valiente See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Told that he might wind up in the electric chair, Joe Monday says he once heard a coward dies a thousand times. He's paraphrasing William Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar"--"A coward dies a thousand times before his death, but the valiant taste of death but once. It seems to me most strange that men should fear, seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come." See more »

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Remake of The Valiant (1929) See more »

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A Big-Budget "B"!
21 August 2008 | by JohnHowardReidSee all my reviews

Even by Fox's handsome standards, production values for this "B" from the Sol Wurtzel unit rate as commendably high. True, this unusual, compellingly off-beat murder/courtroom drama (partly scripted by Fox's ace Ellis-Logan team) is inclined to be a bit talky, but the acting is fine. Just look at that cast! The support players enjoy some real moments of glory here, particularly Irving Bacon as a swaggering raconteur, and Eric Blore mugging delightfully as a simpering servant.

My only complaint is that director David Burton, or film editor Alex Troffey, have a disconcerting habit of jarringly cutting into a full-face close-up from a profiled two-shot. In other respects, however, the direction is most efficient and the photography commendably crisp.


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