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According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, Paul Muni, who played "George Simon" in the New York stage production, declined the lead role in the film. The following actors reenacted their Broadway roles for the film: Clara Langsner, J. Hammond Dailey, Malka Kornstein, Marvin Kline, T. H. Manning, John Qualen, Angela Jacobs, Elmer H. Brown and Conway Washburn. Counsellor at Law marked the motion picture debut of actor and future director Vincent Sherman (1906-2006). According to modern sources, Sherman had appeared in the Chicago production of the play. Modern sources note that Barrymore was paid $25,000 a week for his performance.