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Mr. District Attorney

Mr. District Attorney(1941)

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Although the film was not viewed, onscreen credits were obtained from a negative print. Hollywood Reporter news items dated December 5, 1940 and January 10, 1941 indicate that F. Hugh Herbert contributed dialogue and Eve Greene did a final "polish" of the script; however, they are not credited onscreen, in reviews or in Screen Achievements Bulletin, and the extent of their contribution to the finished film has not been determined. Hollywood Reporter news items published during production add Tommy Cook, Billy Benedict, Vince Barnett and Eddie Acuff to the cast, but their appearance in the completed film has not been confirmed. Correspondence dated December 3, 1940 contained in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library indicates that the Hays Office was concerned about suggestions in the script that the character of "Betty Paradise" is a prostitute. Many eliminations and changes were requested, among them a scene in which "Jones" concludes that Betty must be engaged in prostitution because she burns incense in her apartment.
       Hollywood Reporter reported on February 25, 1941 that Republic Chairman Herbert J. Yates had decided to add $50,000 to the picture's budget after seeing the rushes and determining that the film could be marketed as a "special." Mr. District Attorney was the first film in a series based on Phillips H. Lord's radio program. A Hollywood Reporter news item dated March 25, 1941 announced that the principal actors would reappear in a second Mr. District Attorney film and stated that Republic was planning to produce four additional features per year for a proposed series. The second film, Mr. District Attorney in the Carter Case, was released in December 1941 but featured an entirely new cast . In December 1942, Republic released Secrets of the Underground (see below). The third entry in the series featured the same characters played by yet another cast of principals. However, Republic removed the source credit from that film and it was neither publicized nor reviewed as a "Mr. District Attorney" feature. In 1947, Columbia Pictures released another film, also entitled Mr. District Attorney (see below), which was also based on Lord's radio program, but featured a different set of principal characters. Republic's first "Mr. District Attorney," Dennis O'Keefe, appeared in the lead role of the Columbia film, along with Adolphe Menjou. For information on the television adaptation of Lord's radio series, for Columbia's Mr. District Attorney.