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Trial (1955)

 |  Drama  |  7 October 1955 (USA)
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The story of a murder trial where a Mexican boy is accused of the death of a Caucasian girl. The two-faced attorney (Arthur Kennedy) who takes the boy's case is only interested in defending... See full summary »

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Abbe
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Barney
John Hodiak ...
District Attorney Armstrong
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Mrs. Chavez
Rafael Campos ...
Angel Chavez
Juano Hernandez ...
Judge Theodore Motley
Robert Middleton ...
A.A. 'Fats' Sanders
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Ralph Castillo
Paul Guilfoyle ...
Cap Grant
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Finn (as Elisha Cook)
Ann Lee ...
Gail Wiltse
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Sam Wiltse
Richard Gaines ...
Dr. Johannes Albert Schacter
Barry Kelley ...
Jim Brackett
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The story of a murder trial where a Mexican boy is accused of the death of a Caucasian girl. The two-faced attorney (Arthur Kennedy) who takes the boy's case is only interested in defending him so he can exploit his Communist-backed organization for their own underhanded purposes. He and his organization bring in an idealistic law professor (Glenn Ford) who agrees to represent the boy in court. Written by alfiehitchie

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7 October 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Fúria dos Justos  »

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Goofs

Though the film was made in 1955, it takes place in 1947. However, in the scene where Abbe, Barney and David are driving through town after their first visit with Angel in prison, most of the cars visible in the background are 1950s or late 40s models, including brand new 1955 cars seen in an automobile dealership window. See more »

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David Blake: I learned a long time ago that when someone says 'decide right now' that that's the time to take your time.
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very odd but very watchable
12 February 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a very strange relic of the 1950s "Red Scare". While I do not dismiss this era as quickly as some (Stalin was evil and bent on domination and destruction, though Hollywood often sees the fear of communism during this era as unfounded), there were some unusual anti-communist films that are a bit preachy but very watchable--and important historically.

This film is about a defense attorney (Ford) who is being assisted by an organization that claims to be devoted to liberal ideas and free speech. However, over time, he sees them for what they are--opportunists who have NO interest in the young man on trial but are helping in order to undermine the American system.

Finally, I'd like to point out one performance that really stuck out in my mind. Juano Hernandez plays the judge. Considering he was a dark-skinned man of Hispanic descent, it was amazing to see him in a mainstream movie playing the part of a judge. His acting was excellent and it was wonderful to see a little bit of color injected into a Hollywood film of this era--this is no small feat.


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