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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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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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 »


[last lines]
Capt. Edward W. Hall Jr.: [addressing the court martial one last time after the verdict has been read] This isn't going to be an extenuation, but I want to say it anyway. Capt. Miller came to my hotel this morning, just about dawn. He's the witness who was tortured. He said he'd read the papers and he'd seen my testimony there and he wanted to talk. So we sat down and we started talking about the men we knew who were prisoners over there... He said he thought that every man has a moment in his life when he ...
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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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