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
What kind of man would frame himself for MURDER?
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This film was made on a schedule of just twenty days. It was a box-office failure. See more
Austin Spencer [Sidney Blackmer], who died in the car crash, took the photos. Susan Spencer [Joan Fontaine] confirms this fact when she and Bob Hale [Arthur Franz] are examining the burned photos. She states her father 'always used a self-developing camera, so there were no negatives.' See more
This guy's got a lot of class.
Yeah? If he's got so much class, what's he doin' with you?
Referenced in The James Dean Story
Beyond A Reasonable Doubt
Sung by The Hi-Los
(as The Hi-Lo's)
Music by Herschel Burke Gilbert
Lyrics by Alfred Perry See more