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The Rack (1956)

Passed  -  Drama | War  -  2 November 1956 (USA)
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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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Capt. Edward W. Hall, Jr.
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Maj. Sam Moulton
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Col. Edward W. Hall, Sr.
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Lt. Col. Frank Wasnick
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Aggie Hall
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Capt. John R. Miller
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Caroline
Robert Burton ...
Col. Ira Hansen
Robert F. Simon ...
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Sgt. Otto Pahnke
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Millard Chilson Cassidy
Fay Roope ...
Col. Dudley Smith
Barry Atwater ...
Maj. Byron Phillips
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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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2 November 1956 (USA)  »

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Anklage: Hochverrat  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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With "The Rack" Pidgeon ended a nineteen year association with MGM that had begun in 1937 with "Saratoga," ironically Jean Harlow's last film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Maj. Sam Moulton: [Addressing the jury, presenting the closing arguments for the prosecution] Gentlemen, in answer to Col Wasnick's moving plea, I should like to say that, while in some instances society may seem to be responsible for an individual criminal and his crime, this does not release society of the further responsibility of bringing the criminal to justice. For to collaborate with the enemy in time of war is a crime. It does to a country exactly what murder does to an individual. The defense has only ...
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References The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953) See more »

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The Last Time I Saw Paris
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Music by Jerome Kern
Hummed by Walter Pidgeon
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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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