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The People Against O'Hara

After being accused of murdering a shopkeeper, Johnny O'Hara (James Arness) begs retired lawyer James Curtayne (Spencer Tracy) to represent him. Once in court, the shaky Curtayne struggles in the face of a tough prosecutor -- and worse yet, his alcoholism also threatens to unravel him. After O'Hara ends up in prison because of his lawyer's botched handling of the case, a reeling Curtayne will stop at nothing to redeem himself, even if it means taking matters into his own hands.

Release Date

September 1, 1951

Running Time

102 minutes


Spencer Tracy

Spencer Tracy

Pat O'Brien

Pat O'Brien

James Arness

James Arness


Director John Sturges

Screenplay John Monks Jr.

Producer William H. Wright

Cinematography John Alton

Editing Gene Ruggiero

Music Carmen Dragon

Distributor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

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