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Town Without Pity (1961)

 -  Drama  -  March 1961 (Austria)
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Four American soldiers stationed near a German village face death in the rape of a local girl and are defended by outside counsel Major Steve Garrett.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Maj. Steve Garrett
Barbara Rütting ...
Inge Koerner
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Karin Steinhof
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Col. Jerome Pakenham
Hans Nielsen ...
Karl Steinhof
Ingrid van Bergen ...
Trude
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Cpl. Jim Larkin
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Cpl. Birdwell "Birdie" Scott
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Sgt. Chuck Snyder
Karin Hardt ...
Frau Steinhof
Gerhart Lippert ...
Frank Borgmann
Mal Sondock ...
Pvt. Joey Haines
Alan Gifford ...
Gen. Stafford
Max Haufler ...
Dr. Urban
Rose Renée Roth ...
Frau Kulig
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Storyline

In 1960 Germany, Army lawyer Major Steve Garrett is assigned to defend four American soldiers charged with raping 16 year-old Karin Steinhof. She was swimming in a nearby river when the four of them came across her and they were soon arrested thereafter. Maj. Garrett is anything but impressed with his clients but his job is to give them the best defense possible. He tries to obtain a plea bargain but Karin's father flatly refuses and the prosecutor, Colonel Jerome Pakenham, is seeking the death penalty. In order for the death penalty to be applied, the defense attorney must have the opportunity to thoroughly examine the victim under oath. He sympathizes with Karin and does his best to convince Karin father to keep her from testifying. When he refuses, Garrett is left will little choice but to attack her on the stand. Written by garykmcd

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The Story of What Four Men Did To a Girl... And What the Town Did To Them!

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Release Date:

March 1961 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

Stadt ohne Mitleid  »

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Trivia

Mal Sondock, who played the defendant "Private Joey Haines" was a Texas-born American expatriate who was a disc jockey with AFN while serving with the US Army in Germany. After his enlistment ended in the late 1950s, Sondock stayed in Europe and became famous as a master of ceremonies and radio host at Westdeuscher Rundfunk (WDR) in Cologne. He hosted a very popular American music show on WDR, "Mal Sondock's Hit-Parade". His American-accented German endeared him to his vast audience. He passed away from a long illness in Cologne in 2009, aged 75. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the rape scene, Cpl Scott is third to leave. He stands against the tree while telling Jim Larkin to hurry up, and we see his shadow fall strongly on the tree, away from the river. As Scott walks away, we see his shadow primarily fall on the ground the other way, toward the river, and a slighter shadow falling away from the river, revealing the multiple light sources. See more »

Quotes

Cpl. Jim Larkin: [to bartender] Give me a coke, okay?
Sgt. Chuck Snyder: Look, kid, if you want to have any fun at all in this town, you're gonna have to buy something stronger than Coca-Cola.
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Town Without Pity
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by Gene Pitney
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Style!Perfection!
16 January 2003 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This movie has everything, including and above all style. Finally a movie that's every bit as good as the title song! So many movies are inferior to their music. The subject is sleazy, gloriously so. And there is a good dose of compassion too. Great script inspires great acting. The song is quite original and catchy, and the singer, Gene Pitney, is an overlooked and neglected genius, both as a singer and as a songwriter. And let's have a hand of applause for Tiomkin, a Russian who wrote some of the most quintessentially American music!


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