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Director:
Writers:
Richard Murphy (screenplay)
Meyer Levin (based on the novel by)
Contact:
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Release Date:
4 May 1959 (Sweden) See more »
Tagline:
Sometimes murder is just a way to pass the time. See more »
Plot:
Two wealthy law-school students go on trial for murder in this version of the Leopold-Loeb case. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Mostly involving film with sensational performances by main characters and supporting cast See more (54 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Orson Welles ... Jonathan Wilk

Diane Varsi ... Ruth Evans

Dean Stockwell ... Judd Steiner

Bradford Dillman ... Arthur A. Straus

E.G. Marshall ... District Attorney Harold Horn

Martin Milner ... Sid Brooks

Richard Anderson ... Max Steiner
Robert F. Simon ... Police Lt. Johnson (as Robert Simon)

Edward Binns ... Tom Daly
Robert Burton ... Charles Straus
Wilton Graff ... Mr. Steiner
Louise Lorimer ... Mrs. Straus aka 'Mumsy'

Gavin MacLeod ... Padua - Horn's Assistant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ina Balin ... Mike's girlfriend (scenes deleted)
Edmund Cobb ... Policeman (scenes deleted)
Frank Conroy ... (scenes deleted)
Don Anderson ... Reporter (uncredited)
Terry Becker ... Angry Reporter (uncredited)
Russ Bender ... Edgar Llewellyn - Attorney (uncredited)
Peter Brocco ... Albert, Steiner's Chauffeur (uncredited)

Alan Carney ... Globe Newspaper Editior (uncredited)
Harry Carter ... Detective Davis (uncredited)
Ben Frommer ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Wendell Holmes ... Jonas Kessler (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Juror (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Henry Kulky ... Tough Waiter (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Gerry Lock ... Emma (uncredited)
Jack Lomas ... Medical Examiner (uncredited)
Dayton Lummis ... Dr. Allwyn - Psychiatrist (uncredited)
Hank Mann ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

Frank McClure ... Reporter (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Courtroom Reporter (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Waiter (uncredited)
Voltaire Perkins ... Judge Matthews (uncredited)
Jack Raine ... Professor McKinnon (uncredited)
Tony Regan ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Reporter on Telephone (uncredited)
Simon Scott ... Detective Brown (uncredited)
Nina Shipman ... Girlfriend (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Reporter (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... Juror (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Fleischer 
 
Writing credits
Richard Murphy (screenplay)

Meyer Levin (based on the novel by)

Produced by
Richard D. Zanuck .... producer
 
Original Music by
Lionel Newman 
 
Cinematography by
William C. Mellor (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William Reynolds (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Mark-Lee Kirk 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
 
Set Decoration by
Eli Benneche (set decorations)
Walter M. Scott (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Adele Palmer (costumes designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ben Kadish .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Eugene Grossman .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... executive wardrobe designer (as Charles LeMaire)
Ed Wynigear .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Orven Schanzer .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Earle Hagen .... orchestrations
Bernard Mayers .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
103 min | 99 min (FMC Library Print)
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints) (Westrex Recording System) | Mono (35 mm optical prints) (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 (re-rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:A | USA:Approved (certificate #19194) | West Germany:18 (f)

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Trivia:
The closing arguments monologue was the longest in film history.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When D.A. Horn is interviewing Straus, Horn sits down in a chair that was meant for Straus and moves a floor lampshade back down that had been directing its light at that chair. Straus moves to stand beside the floor lamp. The light is then variably on and off as shots between the two change.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Judd Steiner:To the perfect crime!
Arthur Straus:Crime. Oh, my wealthy fraternity brothers. 67 dollars, and a second-hand typewriter.
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Movie Connections:
Version of Rope (1948)See more »

FAQ

Who represents Leopold and who represents Loeb in the movie?
Are there any other movies about Leopold/Loeb?
How closely does this movie follow the real story about Leopold and Loeb?
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17 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Mostly involving film with sensational performances by main characters and supporting cast, 22 January 2007
Author: ma-cortes

The film deal with two young men who murder a pal. They are law students and followers of Nietsche theories . They are investigated by an astute coroner (E.G.Marshall) . He's growing suspicion but there isn't one perfect crime . But the justice to be executed and they go on trial for killing . A famous lawyer (Orson Welles) will defend them under accusation of murderers and under death penalty . A young girl(Diane Varsi) will testify for them .

This highly interesting film is inspired on real events about Leopold-Lob killing case in Chicago of the 1920s . The film contains suspense , drama, tension , illicit love with intertwining triangles ,emotion , courtroom trial and complex intrigue maintained throughout. Besides superb performances by main roles ( Dillman, Stockell, Varsi, Welles ) and supporting casting ( Martin Milner, Robert F. Simon, Gavin McLeod among others ). Special mention to Orson Welles with a terrific acting and explaining a significant speech into criminal court . The movie is visually magnificent with an excellent black and white cinematography by William C. Mellor . Evocative and adjusted music by Lionel Newman . The motion picture is wonderfully directed by Richard Fleischer . Other versions about same events are the famous ¨The rope¨ by Hithcock with John Dall (in the character of Bradford Dillman )and Farley Granger (in the role of Dean Stockwell), ¨Swoon¨ and recently ¨Murder by numbers¨ by Barbet Schroeder with Michael Pitt and Ryan Gosling . Indispensable and fundamental seeing for court genre enthusiasts and Orson Welles fans . It's one of Richard Fleisher's best. Rating : Above average .

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