This 1929 drama was directed by Monta Bell and produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures. Starring beautiful actress Leatrice Joy with Betty Bronson having a role as a reporter. This film may have had early talking sequences and sound effects. Tragically the status of this film is now listed as presumed lost.
Whether the ending is as dramatic as is to be anticipated from the testimony and the fading-out into stories of the various witnesses matters not, for the court room scenes during most of the picturization of Frances Noves Hart's novel. "The Bellamy Trial," which was launched last night at the Embassy Theatre, are intelligently and ingeniously filmed. The happenings are related in an impressive fashion, and the narrative, though told with due respect for the solemnity of the occasion, is often relieved with flashes of humor that so often accompany such proceedings. Toward the close of this picture there are spoken chapters, and while some of the dialogue is open to adverse criticism, chiefly because of the limitations of the new device, it nevertheless holds the attention. It is curious during the stillness of a murder trial, however, to hear the synchronized music, which, while it is intended to cover the hushed passages, rather causes one to reflect as to the whereabouts of the unseen orchestra.
When Mimi Bellamy ( Margaret Livingston ), a young wife whose conduct is not entirely above reproach, is murdered, two persons are placed on trial: her husband, Stephen ( Kenneth Thomson ) and Sue Ives ( Leatrice Joy ), a beautiful young girl. The two suspects are brutally cross-examined by the district attorney, but the jury finds them not guilty. A man not previously heard in the trial then comes forward and testifies, this witness is a married high school teacher who had been philandering on the night of the murder and whose testimony clears Stephen and Sue of the slightest suspicion of guilt.
This 1929 drama was directed by Monta Bell and produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures. Starring beautiful actress Leatrice Joy with Betty Bronson having a role as a reporter. This film may have had early talking sequences and sound effects.
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