Courtroom drama set in 1947 and underlying post-WW2 acute problems facing the USA such as stormy race relations and the growing threat of local communism.

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Cast

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David Blake
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Abbe
Arthur Kennedy ...
Barney
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District Attorney Armstrong
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Mrs. Chavez
Rafael Campos ...
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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Storyline

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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FROM THE SCALDING, TRUTHFUL PAGES OF A GREAT NOVEL! (original ad - all caps) See more »

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7 October 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Fúria dos Justos  »

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$1,341,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.75 : 1
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Goofs

After ordering David to put Angel on the stand following their argument in his office, Barney walks out, leaving Abbe and David alone. Abbe turns to David and says, "Oh, Barney, there's a new world coming", when she certainly meant to say "David". See more »

Quotes

David Blake: [Blake and Castle are discussing the fund-raising for Angel Chavez's defense fund] Look, it's not only the way you are raising the money, it's the people that are raising it.The All Peoples Party. Barney, half of them are a bunch of Communists, you know that!
Bernard 'Barney' Castle: I'd say sixty percent, and some of the others are cheating the Party out if its dues.
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Referenced in MGM Parade: Episode #1.2 (1955) See more »

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Above average courtroom drama
13 March 2001 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Trial is an intelligently written look at the explosive issues of the 50s: race and communism. Though the film is hindered by its overly virulent anti-communist screenplay, it does try and deal with the intersection of race and justice in what was probably a very liberal manner in 1955. Trial is probably the first American film made with an African-American in an authority role (the always excellent Juano Hernandez as the trial judge). The film does take a wack at McCarthy (here 'disguised' as Congressman Battle) and also is openly critical of racists and nationalists. Even with the redbaiting--some of which is probably accurate--Trial is a very well made and brave film with one of Glenn Ford's best performances at its heart.


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