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Release Date:
9 October 1937 (USA) See more »
A politically ambitious district attorney, unscrupulous tabloid journalists, and regional prejudice combine to charge a teacher with the murder of his student. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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North vs. South in this gripping courtroom drama helmed by the great Mervyn LeRoy See more (33 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Claude Rains ... Andy Griffin
Gloria Dickson ... Sybil Hale
Edward Norris ... Robert Hale

Otto Kruger ... Gleason
Allyn Joslyn ... Bill Brock

Lana Turner ... Mary Clay
Linda Perry ... Imogene Mayfield

Elisha Cook Jr. ... Joe Turner
Cy Kendall ... Detective Laneart
Clinton Rosemond ... Tump Redwine
E. Alyn Warren ... Carlisle P. Buxton
Elisabeth Risdon ... Mrs. Hale (as Elizabeth Risdon)
Clifford Soubier ... Jim Timberlake
Granville Bates ... Detective Pindar
Ann Shoemaker ... Mrs. Mountford
Paul Everton ... Governor Mountford
Donald Briggs ... Harmon
Sibyl Harris ... Mrs. Clay (as Sybil Harris)

Trevor Bardette ... Shattuck Clay
Elliott Sullivan ... Luther Clay
Wilmer Hines ... Ransom Clay
Eddie Acuff ... Drugstore Clerk

Frank Faylen ... Reporter
Leonard Mudie ... Judge Moore

Harry Davenport ... Confederate Soldier
Harry Beresford ... Confederate Soldier
Edward McWade ... Confederate Soldier
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Al Bridge ... Mob Leader Outside Governor's Mansion (uncredited)
Tom Brower ... First Turnkey (uncredited)
Raymond Brown ... Colonel Foster - Redwine's Lawyer (uncredited)
Claudia Coleman ... Dolly Holly - Reporter (uncredited)
Robert Cummings Sr. ... Whipple - Banker (uncredited)

John Dilson ... Detective Briggs (uncredited)

Earl Dwire ... Jury Foreman (uncredited)
Jerry Fletcher ... Boy in Pool Room (uncredited)
Eddie Foster ... Boy in Pool Room (uncredited)
Roger Gray ... Barbershop Customer (uncredited)
George Guhl ... Bartender (uncredited)
Henry Hall ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Harry Hollingsworth ... Turnkey (uncredited)
Thomas E. Jackson ... Detective on Train (uncredited)

I. Stanford Jolley ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Owen King ... Flannigan (uncredited)
George Lloyd ... Detective on Train (uncredited)
Paul Maxey ... Man in Saloon Smoking Pipe (uncredited)
Howard M. Mitchell ... Police Captain (uncredited)
Charles Morton ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Dougherty - Publisher (uncredited)
Psyche Nibert ... Hazel - Imogene's Friend (uncredited)
Robert Porterfield ... Jimmy Harrison - Dissenting Juror (uncredited)
Peter Potter ... Boy in Pool Room (uncredited)
Frank Rasmussen ... Detective Tucker (uncredited)
Dick Rich ... Cop Guarding Hale (uncredited)
Addison Richards ... Trailer Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
John Ridgely ... Boy in Pool Room (uncredited)
Adele St. Mauer ... Mrs. Timberlake (uncredited)
Maidel Turner ... Stout Lady on Train (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... Farmer in Courtroom (uncredited)
Walter Young ... Mr. Mimms (uncredited)

Directed by
Mervyn LeRoy (uncredited)
Writing credits
Ward Greene (novel "Death In the Deep South")

Robert Rossen (screen play) and
Aben Kandel (screen play)

Produced by
Mervyn LeRoy .... producer (uncredited)
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Adolph Deutsch 
Cinematography by
Arthur Edeson (photography)
Film Editing by
Thomas Richards (film editor)
Art Direction by
Robert M. Haas  (as Robert Haas)
Costume Design by
N'was McKenzie (gowns) (as Miss MacKenzie)
Makeup Department
Al Bonner .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lee Katz .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Lloyd S. Edwards .... props (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
James Hicks .... grip (uncredited)
Music Department
Adolph Deutsch .... arrangements
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Other crew
Dalton S. Reymond .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as a Warner Bros. - First National Picture) (A Mervyn LeRoy Production)
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Additional Details

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95 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Director Fritz Lang was initially offered the project but passed on it, not wanting to be typecast as "an expert on lynching" (he had previously directed Fury (1936), which also involved a lynch mob).See more »
Andy Griffin:Any fool can ride to glory on a helpless Negro janitor. I'm out for bigger game.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Warner at War (2008) (TV)See more »
My Old Kentucky Home, Good-Night!See more »


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22 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
North vs. South in this gripping courtroom drama helmed by the great Mervyn LeRoy, 24 November 1998
Author: Glenn Andreiev ( from Huntington, NY

A dark haired, southern drawled Claude Rains has an actor's field day as D.A Andy Griffin. Griffin needs to win one sensational court case to move his career foward. He gets it when a Yankee school teacher (Edward Norris) is accused of murdering a high school girl (Fetching Lana Turner in her film debut) Griffin turns the trial into a media circus and a kangaroo court. The ending is grim, and Griffin gets what he wants. Mervyn LeRoy (Warner Brothers' prize director in the 1930's) moves the story along at rocket pace. He gets fine performances out of Rains, Norris, Otto Kruger and a young Elisha Cook Jnr. LeRoy always cut the fat from his films, meaning very rarely will he show an unimportant aspect of the story. (Example: a scene begins with a sobbing janitor calling the police. We see the police leave. Cut to them at the crime scene. Cut to them grilling their first suspect- the janitor- cut to a newspaper headline about the murder. all of this in about 12 seconds) A film far above average.

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