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Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)

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A novelist aided by his future father-in-law conspires to frame himself in the murder of a stripper as part of an effort to ban capital punishment.

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Tom Garrett
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Susan Spencer
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Austin Spencer
Arthur Franz ...
Bob Hale
Philip Bourneuf ...
Dist. Atty. Roy Thompson
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Lt. Kennedy
Shepperd Strudwick ...
Jonathan Wilson
Robin Raymond ...
Terry Larue
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Dolly Moore
William F. Leicester ...
Charlie Miller (as William Lester)
Dan Seymour ...
Greco
Rusty Lane ...
Judge
Joyce Taylor ...
Joan Williams
Carleton Young ...
Allan Kirk
Trudy Wroe ...
Hatcheck Girl
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Investigative reporter Tom Garrett is on leave from his newspaper job to work on his second novel. As Tom is having problems writing that second book, his boss and future father-in-law, newspaper publisher Austin Spencer, suggests he write a non-fiction book on capital punishment in their state instead. Both Austin and Tom have long believed that the state district attorney, Roy Thompson, has been able to manipulate juries into rendering wrongful guilty verdicts leading to the deaths of innocent people on death row. The plan would be to plant evidence leading to a guilty verdict of an innocent person in a murder case, Tom to be that innocent person. Austin and Tom would document all that planted evidence, and make it public after the rendering of the guilty verdict to reverse that wrongful verdict and hopefully lead to discussion of the merits of abolishing capital punishment. They decide that the fewer people that know about the plan, the better, which means not telling Tom's fiancée... Written by Huggo

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The last film that Fritz Lang made in the USA before returning to Germany. See more »

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Tom Garrett: [to Spencer] It's a weird, crazy idea, but that's the reason it intrigues me.
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Beyond A Reasonable Doubt
Sung by The Hi-Los (as The Hi-Lo's)
Music by Herschel Burke Gilbert
Lyrics by Alfred Perry
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master's mark
15 April 2014 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

a film- noir who brooks in inspired manner the ordinaries rules of genre.the secret - precision of atmosphere build, the use of details, the acting who must be only correct and the final. result - a kind of puzzle who presents a new image , far to the expectation against the clue from title. that is the difficult fact, because Lang propose a different way for trip. and the viewer who desires see same story in different nuances, ignores the admirable craft who defines the master's signature. extraordinary in this case is the equilibrium. not the mistakes, at first sign, from script who does unrealistic few scenes, not the performance of actors who could seems be cold. but the work of director to give elegance to a story who impress for its refined elegance and subtle solutions. a good film ? maybe. more important, a high Fritz Lang.


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