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The Rack (1956)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 2 November 1956 (USA)
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:
Col. Ira Hansen
Law Officer (as Robert Simon)
Court President
Sgt. Otto Pahnke
Millard Chilson Cassidy
Fay Roope ...
Col. Dudley Smith
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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Paul Newman, a wonderful new star! See more »


Drama | War


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Release Date:

2 November 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Anklage: Hochverrat  »


Box Office


$779,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$365,000, 31 December 1956

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$765,000, 31 December 1956
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Capt. Edward W. Hall Jr.: Do you know what's the matter with me?
Aggie Hall: No.
Capt. Edward W. Hall Jr.: My mother wasn't in the army, so I'm a half-breed.
Aggie Hall: I don't know you very well yet. Is that your way of being bitter or laughing at yourself, or...?
Capt. Edward W. Hall Jr.: Remember those things that were half horse and half man? Well, that's me... half my father
[Looking at the sagging miniature American flag on the 'welcome home' cake]
Capt. Edward W. Hall Jr.: ... half my father's disappointment and half my mother's hope.
Aggie Hall: He's not disappointed in you.
Capt. Edward W. Hall Jr.: You know what I did this afternoon? After I left ...
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The Last Time I Saw Paris
Music by Jerome Kern
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Excellent and Superb
17 March 2001 | by 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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