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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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  (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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95 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:G | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #3150) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Lana Turner got the role in February 1937, when she had been in Hollywood for only one month. She was discovered while lunching, and was offered a screen test for a role.See more »
Confederate Veteran:[to his fellow Confederate veterans] On your feet now. Go on and look sharp. The whole town's watching. This is the one day out of the year that belongs to us.See more »
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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Masterly Crime Drama, 11 February 2002
Author: Ron Oliver ( from Forest Ranch, CA

A hideous crime rocks a Deep South community and those who exploited it know THEY WON'T FORGET the part they played in the shame & violence that ensued.

Of all the hard-hitting dramas produced by Warner Brothers Studio in the 1930's, this was one of the most powerful. Absolutely no holds are barred in showing the aftermath of the murder of a pretty college girl and how events took on a life of their own - crushing the innocent lives who got in the way of the town's thirst for revenge. The film starts whimsically with six ancient Confederate veterans - among them Harry Davenport, Harry Beresford & Edward McWade - on a park bench, reminiscing upon the dim past & wondering if their contributions will be remembered. Poignantly, evil is about to reemerge and the old men will soon disappear, the dead ashes of the past engulfed by the passionate flames of the present. An urgent plea against sectarian hatred & mindless violence, the film sweeps the viewer along to its ultimate shattering climax.

Claude Rains gives a knock-out performance as the local politician who sees the murder as a chance to sweep him into the State Senate. Using his considerable vocal talent - even with his somewhat bizarre idea of a Southern accent - Rains steamrollers over nearly everyone else in the cast, deftly showing his character's utter fixation on prosecuting the case.

Kudos should also be extended to Edward Norris as the Northern teacher accused of the murder; Lana Turner as the victim; Elisha Cook Jr. as her strangely nervous boyfriend; and especially Clinton Rosemond as the terrified black janitor who discovers the crime.

Although Warners is at pains at the outset to deny any connection the story might have with an actual occurrence, the film is roughly based on the notorious 1913 murder of Atlanta factory worker Mary Phagan.

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