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11 June 1949 (USA) See more »
He Handed Down a Decision IN FAVOR OF HIMSELF!
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Alexander Knox ... Judge Thomas Bailey

Ann Sothern ... Peggy

George Tobias ... Mike

Sharyn Moffett ... Nan

Florence Bates ... Chita

Frieda Inescort ... Evelyn Bailey

Myrna Dell ... Mrs. Joan Winthrop

Ian Wolfe ... Hector Brown

H.B. Warner ... Chief Justice Hayes

Martha Hyer ... Catherine Bailey Struthers III

James Warren ... John Struthers III
Whitford Kane ... Dr. Charles P. Boyd
Harry Hayden ... Judge Davis

Anita Sharp-Bolster ... Martha, the Maid (as Anita Bolster)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Robert Bray ... Truck Driver (uncredited)

Lillian Bronson ... Harriett (uncredited)
Ivan Browning ... Dining Car Steward (uncredited)
Paul Bryar ... Dining Truck Driver (uncredited)
Boyd Cabeen ... Sailor (uncredited)
George M. Carleton ... Evelyn's Attorney (uncredited)
George Chandler ... Train Station Agent (uncredited)

Robert Clarke ... Reporter (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ... Restaurant Waiter (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Lawyer (uncredited)

Ellen Corby ... Mother at Party (uncredited)
Grahame Covert ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)

William B. Davidson ... Colonel Bright (uncredited)
Boyd Davis ... Court Clerk (uncredited)

Gail Davis ... Young Mother with Baby Carriage (uncredited)
Earle S. Dewey ... Judge (uncredited)
Phil Dunham ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jay Eaton ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Ben Erway ... Holmby (uncredited)
Paul Everton ... Superior Court Judge (uncredited)
Tom Fadden ... Sheriff (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Carl Faulkner ... Deputy (uncredited)
Charles Flynn ... 'Swede' Swenson (uncredited)
Mary Forbes ... Margaret (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Attorney (uncredited)
Mary Gordon ... Annie, the Scrub Woman (uncredited)
Billy Gray ... Boy at Birthday Party (uncredited)

John Hamilton ... Diner on Train (uncredited)

Harry Harvey ... Mr. Parker (uncredited)
Paul Harvey ... John Struthers II (uncredited)

Russell Hicks ... Superior Court Judge (uncredited)
Leza Holland ... Maid (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Diner on Train (uncredited)
Elmer Jerome ... Superior Court Judge (uncredited)
Edward Keane ... Judge (uncredited)

Tom Keene ... Mrs. Winthrop's Attorney (uncredited)
Tom Kennedy ... Jack, the Court Receptionist (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Photographer with Reporter (uncredited)
Jack Lee ... Jack - State Trooper (uncredited)
Ruth Lee ... Welfare Worker (uncredited)
Carol Leeds ... Girl at Birthday Party (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

Babe London ... Mother at Party (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Norman Mayes ... Red Cap Porter (uncredited)
George Meader ... Man on Train (uncredited)
Charles Miller ... Superior Court Judge (uncredited)

Harold Miller ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Peggy Miller ... Girl at Birthday Party (uncredited)
Sidney Miller ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Gregory Moffett ... Boy at Birthday Party (uncredited)
Mary Newton ... Emily (uncredited)
Fred Nurney ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Broderick O'Farrell ... Dining Car Steward (uncredited)
Milton Parsons ... Superior Court Judge (uncredited)

Jason Robards Sr. ... Police Officer Maloney (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Mickey Simpson ... Dining Truck Driver (uncredited)

Larry Steers ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Ray Toone ... Reporter (uncredited)
Elena Warren ... Charwoman (uncredited)
Joan Wells ... Shirley (uncredited)
Douglas Wood ... Cabot Royce Winthrop (uncredited)

Directed by
Boris Ingster 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Boris Ingster  screenplay
Boris Ingster  story
Alexander Knox  screenplay

Produced by
Michael Kraike .... producer (as Michel Kraike)
Sid Rogell .... executive producer
Original Music by
Leigh Harline 
Cinematography by
Robert De Grasse  (as Robert de Grasse)
Film Editing by
Les Millbrook 
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Feild M. Gray  (as Feild Gray)
Set Decoration by
Jack Mills 
Darrell Silvera 
Costume Design by
Edward Stevenson 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup artist
Ruby Felker .... hair stylist (as Ruby Folker)
Karl Herlinger .... makeup artist (as Karl Herlinger Jr.)
Anna Malin .... hair stylist
Hazel Rogers .... hair stylist
Production Management
James E. Casey .... production manager (as James Casey)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harry D'Arcy .... assistant director
Sound Department
Clem Portman .... sound
Earl A. Wolcott .... sound
Special Effects by
Russell A. Cully .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Burke .... camera operator (uncredited)
M.S. Burns .... gaffer (uncredited)
Ollie Sigurdson .... still photographer (uncredited)
Frank Williams .... grip (uncredited)
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director (uncredited)
Other crew
Mercy Weireter .... script supervisor (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Indian Summer" - UK (imdb display title), USA (working title)
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91 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

Did You Know?

Filmed between mid-January and late March 1947, this movie was held back until its Manhattan premiere at the Palace Theatre on June 2, 1949, followed by its wide release on June 11, 1949, by which time four cast members, William B. Davidson, Paul Everton, Elmer Jerome, and Carl Faulkner had already passed away.See more »


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21 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A warm, adult comedy-drama! A rare look into mid-life crisis and living one's dreams!, 26 June 2002
Author: Tom Sanchez from Los Angeles, California

"The Judge Steps Out" is superb in all aspects. The script is intelligent, wise, and (for 1949)an avant-garde take on personal fulfillment vs. responsibility to society.

The acting is outstanding and believable throughout. Alexander Knox never had a role this showy nor as demanding. Ann Sothern's acting demonstrates what a fine and underutilized dramatic actress she was. The unlikely yet thoroughly convincing romance between Knox's and Sothern's characters is heartbreaking in it's beauty. Frieda Inescort scored in her characterization as Knox's wife, in which she displays far more maturity and insight than movie "wronged wives" usually displayed.

The use of staged sets and location shooting, plus the lyrical, sometimes stirring score fit seamlessly together and are so right for the film.

"The Judge Steps Out" may have been released in 1949 and films today may display grittier content in portraying drama but "The Judge Steps Out" is an adult drama in every sense of the term that few other films since have been able to match for honesty of subject matter and honesty in how the characters act and react to the situations in the film. A gem and a classic waiting to given its rightful place in American film!

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