The Rack (1956)

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A decorated Korean War hero inexplicably collaborates with the enemy while interred in a POW camp and is court-martialed.



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Complete credited cast:
Capt. Edward W. Hall, Jr.
Maj. Sam Moulton
Col. Edward W. Hall, Sr.
Lt. Col. Frank Wasnick
Aggie Hall
Capt. John R. Miller
Robert Burton ...
Col. Ira Hansen
Robert F. Simon ...
Law Officer (as Robert Simon)
Court President
Sgt. Otto Pahnke
Millard Chilson Cassidy
Fay Roope ...
Col. Dudley Smith
Barry Atwater ...
Maj. Byron Phillips


Captain Edward Hall returns to the USA after two years in a prison camp in the Korean war. In the camp he was brainwashed and helped the Chinese convince the other prisoners that they were fighting an unjust war. When he comes back he is charged for collaboration with the enemy. Where does loyalty end in a prison camp, when the camp is a living hell? Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Paul Newman, a wonderful new star! See more »


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Release Date:

2 November 1956 (USA)  »

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Anklage: Hochverrat  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.85 : 1
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Oscar winning Art Director Cedric Gibbons' last feature film. See more »


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Maj. Sam Moulton: What did you do?
Capt. John R. Miller: [Refering to his Chinese captors] Oh, I was mad. I called them things they didn't need an interpretor for.
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Fascinating Drama
23 November 2001 | by (Coventry, England) – See all my reviews

Newman is very assured, in this only his second feature. He plays the POW home from Korea accused of selling out his country to the Reds.

This is a compassionate film which explores all sides of the argument with understanding and restraint. The prosecution aren't hysterical witch-hunters, and the defence aren't wet-eyed bleeding-hearts. A serious set of issues is explored in an evenhanded but yet passionate manner.

This is fascinating drama - very much of its time and it has dated but that only seems to add to its value.

The ending is ambiguous and may well lead to a heated debate in your family.

I recommend it highly.

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