The People Against O’Hara (1951)


people-against-ohara-movie-poster-1951-1010459088 “Oh, you’re an attorney? Then you should know about a court order.” – Postal Worker

Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 Nov 2015)

Brief Synopsis – A former prosecutor takes on a case of the son of a neighborhood who has been accused of murder.

My Take on it – This is a perfect example of a movie that tries to be more intelligent than it really is and in the end it backfires on itself because of this.

The plot trots along at a pretty slow pace for more of the 100 minutes of the movie and in the end, we feel that we been taken on a wild goose case because they add too many extra elements that are completely extraneous to the plot.

The story itself would probably would have worked much better as a TV procedural instead of a full length film.

The one bright spot is Spencer Tracy, who is great in everything that he does, but even he couldn’t raise the entertainment factor of this movie to a point where it would be enjoyable and not long and boring like the finished product turns out to be.

Bottom Line – Tracy is great as always, but the story itself is quite convoluted and gets too drawn out and boring.  Probably would be better as a 42 minute procedural TV show instead of a nearly 100 minute movie.  Adds too many plot elements to try and make it feel more complex, but it only detrimental to the story telling.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to John Sturges’s inputs for the book of Emmanuel Laborie “Sturges: a filmmaker’s story”, John Sturges said he was frightened directing Spencer Tracy who was a living legend. At the beginning, he was just stuck on the story-board and choosing good camera angles and did not dare to interfere in Tracy’s way of acting. Until the day, Tracy rehearsed a scene, while Sturges was looking at it through the eye-piece of the camera, suddenly took off his jacket and hung it on the camera lens blocking up the director’s view. Then Tracy took Sturges aside and told “John, can you stop only worrying about your camera and take care about the actors because the camera is only a hungry machine and it will not be satisfied if you feed it with junk food”. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy

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One thought on “The People Against O’Hara (1951)

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