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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Did You Know?


Col. Charles M. Trammell Jr., the film's technical advisor, was a lawyer, graduating from George Washington University Law School in 1937. During World War II, he served in the Army in North Africa, France and Germany and received the Bronze Star for developing personnel security methods. He later was on active duty in the Korean War and served in the Army Reserve until 1972. He worked for the IRS and then the Department of Defense from 1946 until his retirement in 1973. He died in 2006 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetary, along with his wife of 70 years who passed in 2007. 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 »


Maj. Sam Moulton: What did you do?
Capt. John R. Miller: [Refering to his Chinese captors] Oh, I was mad. I called them things they didn't need an interpretor for.
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References The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953) See more »


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rarely seen film that's well above average
7 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

Caught this rarity on TCM. Much heavy duty talent is involved in this production - Rod Serling as writer, and the acting talents of Paul Newman (his second screen appearance), Edmund O'Brien, Walter Pigeon, and Anne Francis, with bits by Lee Marvin and Chloris Leachman, even! The effort must be marked as a success, with an even-handed treatment of the issue of "breaking point" in a war when the Koreans openly sought to crush their POW's thru "brainwashing", a term that came into currency at that particular time. The cut and dried atmosphere of the courtroom proceedings are balanced by portrayals of the personal effects of the tragedy on the principals, especially the searing scenes between Newman/Hall and his father. A thoughtful film dealing with a major issue of the day, that is well worth seeing.

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