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)  »

Also Known As:

Anklage: Hochverrat  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.85 : 1
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Walter Pidgeon hums, "The Last Time I Saw Paris." Two years earlier he had co-starred in a movie of the same name name which used the same theme prominently. See more »


Near the beginning of the film, Col. Hall, Sr., take a drink of water and then puts the paper cup down on the water cooler cabinet. In the next shot, as he is walking away, the paper cup is gone. See more »


Lt. Col. Frank Wasnick: Well, what are we going to do about you? We've got about two weeks to prepare.
Capt. Edward W. Hall Jr.: [Shrugging] I don't know.
Lt. Col. Frank Wasnick: [laughs] That's an interesting attitude.
Capt. Edward W. Hall Jr.: Oh, look, Colonel, uh, what axe are you grinding, or do you just have a penchant for lost causes?
Lt. Col. Frank Wasnick: I don't admire self-pity. I don't think it's constructive.
Capt. Edward W. Hall Jr.: Haven't you heard? I'm guilty.
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A great film lies hidden here
22 July 2004 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark) – See all my reviews

There lies a great film hidden in the depths of 'The Rack', one that honestly and unflinchingly dares pronounce its indictment of the American way of life, of a people uninformed about the democratic traditions of their country as well as of the exact nature of Communism.

But 'The Rack' is not quite that film, although in long stretches it is pretty good. Paul Newman in his second starring role plays Captain Ed Hall, being court martialed for betraying his country when he was a prisoner of war in Korea by collaborating with his captors. It turns out he was mentally tortured, brainwashed as it were, and there is an emotional forthrightness of the scenes concerning the captain's breakdown that are engaging, and the central between Newman and Walter Pidgeon as his staunch colonel father will draw tears, although Newman is not yet the acute and instinctively brilliant actor he would become.

So, see it by all means next time it is aired on TCM, it's not half bad. Only, it ought to have been better.

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