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)  »

Also Known As:

Anklage: Hochverrat  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In 1956, Walter Pidgeon and Anne Francis appeared as father and daughter in "Forbidden Planet" and then as father-in-law and daughter-in-law in this movie. See more »


In his closing argument in defense of Captain Hall, the defense attorney mentions that Capt Hall served in two wars, implying service during World War II and the Korean War. But Capt Hall's uniform has ribbons only for the Korean War. See more »


Capt. Edward W. Hall Jr.: Do you know what's the matter with me?
Aggie Hall: No.
Capt. Edward W. Hall Jr.: My mother wasn't in the army, so I'm a half-breed.
Aggie Hall: I don't know you very well yet. Is that your way of being bitter or laughing at yourself, or...?
Capt. Edward W. Hall Jr.: Remember those things that were half horse and half man? Well, that's me... half my father
[Looking at the sagging miniature American flag on the 'welcome home' cake]
Capt. Edward W. Hall Jr.: ... half my father's disappointment and half my mother's hope.
Aggie Hall: He's not disappointed in you.
Capt. Edward W. Hall Jr.: You know what I did this afternoon? After I left ...
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rarely seen film that's well above average
7 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

Caught this rarity on TCM. Much heavy duty talent is involved in this production - Rod Serling as writer, and the acting talents of Paul Newman (his second screen appearance), Edmund O'Brien, Walter Pigeon, and Anne Francis, with bits by Lee Marvin and Chloris Leachman, even! The effort must be marked as a success, with an even-handed treatment of the issue of "breaking point" in a war when the Koreans openly sought to crush their POW's thru "brainwashing", a term that came into currency at that particular time. The cut and dried atmosphere of the courtroom proceedings are balanced by portrayals of the personal effects of the tragedy on the principals, especially the searing scenes between Newman/Hall and his father. A thoughtful film dealing with a major issue of the day, that is well worth seeing.

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