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This was shown at MOMA, New York City, 11/15, on a restored print. The print was gorgeous, probably as good as you can restore a print of a movie almost 85 years old. Had never seen it before and thought it must have value as a milestone of some sort in filmmaking. After all, the Museum of Modern Art is pretty fast company.
Alas, it's just an old picture that breaks no new ground and struck me as dated, and the only strong point was the vintage cast and the atavistic feel of a creaky oldtime movie. As the title states, it's about the murder trial of a woman who we know from the start is innocent. We also suspect the identity of the murderer and the predictable outcome. Along the way, we get a fascinating look at the media attention the trial attracts, as a radio station sets up a temporary studio in a room adjacent to the courtroom. Here we find 'Skeets' Gallagher and Zasu Pitts as trial reporters and serving as comic relief as well. Everyone dressed to the nines, as was evidently the custom in the 30's, and for those of us too young to know or remember, the two opposing lawyers haranguing the witnesses in loud, penetrating voices.
It was fun to watch some of the old-time character actors, and especially to see Joan Bennett as a platinum blonde. Donald Cook was the love interest, and with his customary dour expression. Also on hand were Alan Dinehart, Maude Eburne and Noel Madison who were recognizable to 30's audiences but forgotten today. In sum, I would rather have watched it on TV as the trip to NYC wasn't worth it.
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