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A Fever in the Blood (1961)

 |  Drama  |  28 January 1961 (USA)
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The murder of a socialite leads to a sensational trial, with a close governor's race hanging on its outcome.

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A district attorney, a US Senator, and a Superior Court judge are all possible candidates for governor. All three meet in official or unofficial ways when a socialite is found murdered and her estranged husband, nephew of a former governor, stands accused. Written by Terry A. Hurlbut

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Attorney Clem Marker: Your Honor, the crudeness of this scheme shocks me. There was nothing in that room to indicate the commission of any crime, and yet this witness...
Police Sgt. Michael 'Mickey' Beers: There was plenty!
Attorney Clem Marker: Plenty? A moment ago you said you had only a hunch!
Police Sgt. Michael 'Mickey' Beers: Yeah, I had more than that. Thornwall tried to kill his wife once before, and she called the police!
Attorney Clem Marker: Mistrial! Your Honor, I move for a mistrial! His is the most damaging piece of viciously prejudicial evidence I have ever heard in any courtroom!
Dan Callahan: There's no ground for a mistrial! ...
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A Political Murder
16 October 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

A Fever in the Blood is the film title for uncontrolled political ambition. And quite a few people have it in this film as a murder trial has all kinds of political implications for those involved.

The nephew of a former governor of the state, Herbert Marshall, is murdered and his trial is sensationalized and covered like the O.J. Simpson trial. Mainly because prosecutor Jack Kelly knows that a conviction here will give him a big boost towards the gubernatorial nomination in his state.

Kelly will need all the help he can get because his main rival is a United States Senator Don Ameche, come home to seek the office of Chief Executive of his state. He's a formidable foe, but he's got a beautiful wife in Angie Dickinson with a roving eye.

Presiding over the trial and carefully avoiding all the traps as best he can is upright judge Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.

A Fever in the Blood was Warner Brothers way of giving a little big screen exposure to TV Stars Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. from 77 Sunset Strip and Jack Kelly from Maverick. These guys acquit themselves well in their parts. But the days when studios could make stars was now in the past.

This is a very nice political film which for some reason is unjustly overlooked. Hopefully TCM or AMC will run it sometime so you can judge for yourselves.


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