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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 ...
Law Officer (as Robert Simon)
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Court President
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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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Storyline

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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NOTHING LIKE IT SINCE "THE CAINE MUTINY"! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Drama | War

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 the scene where Major Moulten first sees Captain Hall's file, as Colonel Hansen leaves the room the shadow of the boom can be seen on the wall above him. See more »

Quotes

Captain Edward W. Hall Jr.: [Coming into Ed's darkened bedroom in a very agitated state] Ed! Ed!
Capt. Edward W. Hall Jr.: [Drowsily] What time is it?
Captain Edward W. Hall Jr.: [Angrily] Get up!
Capt. Edward W. Hall Jr.: [Waking up] What's the matter?
Captain Edward W. Hall Jr.: [Angrily] Get up!
Captain Edward W. Hall Jr.: [Ed gets up] All right... I want to ask you a question. I want a simple, direct yes or no answer. Did you collaborate with the enemy?
Captain Edward W. Hall Jr.: [Ed appears stunned by the question] Did you collaborate with the enemy?
Capt. Edward W. Hall Jr.: [Deliberately] Yes, I did.
Captain Edward W. Hall Jr.: [Screaming emotionally] Why didn't yuh die? Why didn'y yuh die like your brother did? It would have been much ...
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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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Excellent and Superb
17 March 2001 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

I'm always shocked that so few people know or have seen this film. This is an excellent movie by any standard: story by Rod Serling, cast with Ann Francis, Paul Newman, Lee Marvin, Wendell Corey, Walter Pigeon, Edmund O'Brian and others. The setting is the Korean and this a court martial trial of an officer that capitulated with the enemy while a prisoner-of-war. The drama is tense, the acting superb and the depth of feelings portrayed in a (then) controversial subject is intense. This film is one of my favorites of all time. I'm shocked there is no video or DVD and that it has appeared only rarely on the late shows.


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