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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Oscar winning Art Director Cedric Gibbons' last feature film. See more »


The two soldiers who load Captain Hall's stretcher into the medical vehicle at the airport have no rank insignia, ribbons, or shoulder patches on their uniforms. See more »


Capt. John R. Miller: [on the witness stand] I remember Pak told them not to put out their cigarette butts on the floor because they were trying to keep the prison clean, so they put them out on me,
Maj. Sam Moulton: On your naked body.
Capt. John R. Miller: Yeah.
Maj. Sam Moulton: How many?
Capt. John R. Miller: They smoked a lot.
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Memorable performance by Paul Newman
31 January 2002 | by (Trivandrum, Kerala, India) – See all my reviews

Paul Newman has impressed me in "Cool Hand Luke" and in this film his performance ranges from the "cool" to the frail man in the duration of the movie.

Among films based on courtroom trials this one is remarkable. It rates alongside Bruce Beresford's Australian film "Breaker Morant" and the British film "Term of Trial."

A major feather in the cap is the ending, which is a clever touch by the director Arnold Laven. Any other ending would have made the film less poignant.

The development of the relationship between Newman's character and that of Annie Francis' Aggie is again worthy of note. Lee Marvin's small role catches your attention though it is not his finest by any measure.

All in all this film should be given more publicity, as the theme is relevant today as it was when it was made.

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