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The Story on Page One (1959)

Approved | | Drama | December 1959 (USA)
When Jo Morris' marriage turned sour and heartless, she found sympathy and companionship with widower Larry Ellis. After Jo's husband is accidentally killed in a struggle over a gun with ... See full summary »

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Josephine Brown / Jo Morris
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Judge Edgar Neilsen
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Phil Stanley
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District Attorney Nordeau
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Det. Lt. Mark McPherson (voice) (archive footage)
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When Jo Morris' marriage turned sour and heartless, she found sympathy and companionship with widower Larry Ellis. After Jo's husband is accidentally killed in a struggle over a gun with Larry, the adulterous couple find themselves on trial for their lives, with their lawyers fighting the pair's reluctance to turn against each other. Written by scgary66

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Joe Besser filmed several scenes as the owner of the bar & grill frequented by Santini, but most of the footage was cut before the film's release. See more »

Goofs

The California state flag behind the witness stand keeps changing. Sometimes the word "Republic" can be read, and in others it is reversed. See more »

Quotes

Victor Santini: He's been with the judge twenty minutes. What could he be saying to him?
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Old Black Joe
Written by Stephen Foster
Played on the piano and sung by Carol Anne Seflinger
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Hayworth gives a powerful performance....
27 March 2002 | by (Beverly Hills, CA) – See all my reviews

An above-par courtroom drama, set in Los Angeles, elevated by director/screenwriter Clifford Odets' sharp script. He originally intended for this work to be a play. It was also elevated by an outstanding cast, with special kudos to Rita Hayworth's warm portrayal of a woman in an abusive marriage and by Sanford Meisner's forceful and expressive performance as the cross-examing prosecutor.

The bulk of the film takes place in the courtroom and since we immediately see the crime, we know that it was an accident and therefore the tension in the film comes about in finding out if the two lovebirds accused of murdering her husband will be given a death sentence, because the circumstances point to their guilt.

The beauty in the film is in the long-drawn-out courtroom dramatics.

The story itself wasn't too interesting, but the performances were energetic and the film had a good courtroom style, enough to make this chatty film well worth seeing.


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