MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 4,717 this week

The Judge (1949)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  31 January 1949 (USA)
6.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.1/10 from 44 users  
Reviews: 5 user

A crooked lawyer blackmails a client into a murder plot against his wife.

Director:

Writers:

(original screen story), (screenplay), 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 55 titles
created 24 Nov 2011
 
a list of 874 titles
created 16 Jan 2012
 
a list of 31 titles
created 5 months ago
 
list image
a list of 1335 titles
created 3 months ago
 
a list of 1169 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Judge" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Judge (1949)

The Judge (1949) on IMDb 6.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Judge.

User Polls

Videos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An out-of-work architect meets a married woman who has a business proposition for him. The architect begins to suspect the woman's interest in him is not just financial and may actually be deadly.

Director: Paul Guilfoyle
Stars: Angela Lansbury, Keith Andes, Douglass Dumbrille
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A WWII veteran goes back to England after the war only to discover that his wartime sweetheart has got mixed up with a dangerous spy ring.

Director: Cy Endfield
Stars: Lloyd Bridges, Moira Lister, Alan Wheatley
Double Cross (1941)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A gambling joint run by Fay Saunders is raided by the police. Fay grabs the pistol of her sweetheart, police officer Steved Bronson, and kills one of the raiding policemen.Steve seizes the ... See full summary »

Director: Albert H. Kelley
Stars: Wynne Gibson, Kane Richmond, John Miljan
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A psychotherapist attempts to rehabilitate a convict in his home after he breaks in. The criminal cooperates rather than being handed over to the police. The therapist's wife becomes ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Losey
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Alexis Smith, Alexander Knox
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A private detective finds himself with a perfect new secretary. But after a notorious gossip columnist turns up murdered, she may prove too good to be true.

Director: Philip Ford
Stars: Adele Mara, Warren Douglas, William Frawley
The Glass Web (1953)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A beautiful but heartless television actress, uses seduction and tricks to blackmail the men in her life to a point, where she could get herself killed.

Director: Jack Arnold
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, John Forsythe, Kathleen Hughes
Fog Island (1945)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A man invites a group of people to a holiday in his island home, intending to exact revenge on them.

Director: Terry O. Morse
Stars: George Zucco, Lionel Atwill, Jerome Cowan
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A feud between rival newspapermen Kruger (Bromberg) and McDonald (Guilfoyle) goes deadly when blackmailing McDonald ends up murdered and his corpse planted in the trunk of Kruger's car. ... See full summary »

Director: Albert Herman
Stars: J. Edward Bromberg, Isabel Randolph, Frank Jenks
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The marital difficulties of four couples living in a southern California housing development become intertwined. Among the unhappy couples are ne'er-do-well Jerry Flagg and his ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Ritt
Stars: Joanne Woodward, Sheree North, Tony Randall
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An estranged wife shows up after a nearly 7 year disappearance to prevent her husband from marrying his new love, and someone kills her.

Director: Sam Newfield
Stars: Mary Beth Hughes, Hugh Beaumont, Edmund MacDonald
Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A former actor poses as the son of a wealthy man and gets involved in a murder in which the real son is a suspect.

Director: Arthur Lubin
Stars: Louis Hayward, Eric Linden, J.C. Nugent
The 13th Man (1937)
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A tough district attorney has been cleaning up the town, and has already imprisoned twelve dangerous criminals. As he is about to name the target for his next investigation, he is murdered ... See full summary »

Director: William Nigh
Stars: Weldon Heyburn, Inez Courtney, Selmer Jackson
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Martin Strang
Katherine DeMille ...
Lucille Strang
Paul Guilfoyle ...
William Jackson
Stanley Waxman ...
Norman Budd ...
James Tillton
Jonathan Hale ...
Judge Allan J. Brooks
John Hamilton ...
Lt. Edwards
Joseph Forte ...
District Attorney (as Joe Forte)
Jess Kirkpatrick ...
Patrolman Patrick Riley (as Jesse Kirkpatrick)
Herb Vigran ...
Reporter
Barney Phillips ...
Reporter
Charles Williams ...
Reporter
Tom Holland ...
Court Photographer
Bob Jellison ...
Court Clerk
Edit

Storyline

Martin Strong (Milburn Stone), prominent criminal attorney, becomes conscience-stricken when his is forced to come to the defense of an insane killer whom he had freed from a similar charge a year earlier. Goaded by his scheming wife, Lucille (Katherine deMille),who is in love with Dr. James Anderson (Stanley Waxman), the county police psychiatrist, Strang finally goes off the deep end when he realizes his career has become a king-size failure. In a dual plan to seek revenge for his wife's infidelity and betrayal, he writes a will leaving his fortune to the families who have been wronged by the guilty criminals he has aided. His plan is changed when he accidently becomes a witness to a crime committed by a stranger, William Jackson (Paul Guilfoyle). Certain legal aspects of the murder appeal to Strang's warped mind, and he comes to the defense of Jackson, and secures his temporary freedom by a clever legal trick. Trying to prove to himself whether he has been right or wrong in freeing... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

they KILLED in different ways! HE KILLED WITH A GUN! HE KILLED WITH THE LAW! SHE KILLED WITH LOVE! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Approved
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

31 January 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Gamblers  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
"Oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo"!
9 January 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Yikes! As is typical with Alpha Video releases, the DVD copy for this one is pretty awful. It's very fuzzy and the sound very poor due to a loud hiss. While I am thrilled that Alpha brings out many B-movies which would otherwise never come out on DVD, the discs have never been restored in any way and it looks and sounds that way.

Milburn Stone plays Martin Strang--a lawyer famous for defending some high-profile murderers. One day he realizes that his wife is cheating on him and concocts a complicated plan. However, Strang is clever and is willing to take his time with this one.

One day, William Jackson (Paul Guilfoyle) kills a cop and is up on murder charges. Surprisingly, Strang volunteers to take the case free of charge even though it seems like a sure loser. However, there is a catch--the obviously guilty man will pay for the service by doing Strang a favor. After getting an acquittal on a technicality, Strang announces the favor. What that favor is and how it relates to the wife is something you'll need to say for yourself.

Now all this probably sounds great, right? Well that's the problem. While the set up was good, the payoff was not. Even worse, much of the ending needed to be explained by the narrator!! Instead of a dandy ending came talking, talking and more talking both before and after this exposition. In addition, during much of this you hear one of the most annoying soundtracks in history--with a chorus blaring out 'oooooooooooooo' for what seems like an eternity! Overall, the longer I watched, the less I enjoyed the film. A film that had SOME good ideas but which was horribly written and cheap. Very disappointing.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Judge (1949) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?