Cinema: Compound Fallony

Convenient for occupational melodrama, with which the cinema is trying to replace last year's gangster cycle, was the career of Lawyer William J. Fallen. Lawyer Fallen ably defended innumerable criminals, then defended himself when he was accused of bribing a juror. He was noted also as a libertine and toper. He was the hero of a gaudy biography by Gene Fowler, The Great Mouthpiece (TIME, Oct. 26, 1931). First cinema based on the career of Lawyer Fallen two years ago was For the Defense, with William Powell. Elmer Rice's play, Counsellor-at-Law, had...

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