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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David Blake
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Abbe
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Barney
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District Attorney Armstrong
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Mrs. Chavez
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Juano Hernandez ...
Judge Theodore Motley
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A.A. 'Fats' Sanders
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Ralph Castillo
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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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7 October 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Fúria dos Justos  »

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Budget:

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

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1.75 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

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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Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.3 (1955) See more »

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A bright line on 50s America
4 March 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This great film will come as a great shock to anyone who thinks of 1950s America in Leave It To Beaver terms, and that's a very good thing. An exaggerated but not misleading portrait of a hugely racist and sexist nation at its worst, with a feel-good conclusion that rings false in light of what we've just seen and generally know to be true about the US at the time. The performances are good for the most part, but the things these people say and do may give you the creeps. The scene in front of the city hall when the local white men are about to use nitro to blow up the front door is absolutely frightening. The 50s will never seem the same again, and that's a very good thing. This movie should be part of history courses.


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