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George Hurdalek (screenplay)
Jan Lustig (adaptation)
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March 1961 (Austria) See more »
The Story of What Four Men Did To a Girl... And What the Town Did To Them!
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Kirk Douglas ... Maj. Steve Garrett
Barbara Rütting ... Inge Koerner

Christine Kaufmann ... Karin Steinhof

E.G. Marshall ... Col. Jerome Pakenham
Hans Nielsen ... Karl Steinhof

Ingrid van Bergen ... Trude

Robert Blake ... Cpl. Jim Larkin

Richard Jaeckel ... Cpl. Birdwell "Birdie" Scott

Frank Sutton ... 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
Eleonore von Hoogstraten ... Mrs. Borgmann

Egon von Jordan ... Bürgermeister
Philo Hauser ... Herr Schmidt
Elisabeth Neumann-Viertel (as Elisabeth Viertel)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gernot Duda ... Kurt - der Wirt
Fred Dur ... Gerichtsoffizier
Cecilie Gelers
Al Hoosmann ... Gerichtsoffizier
Dean Jackson
Lynn Randall

Stefan Schnabel
Robert Shankland ... Col. MacKenzie

Teddy Turner
John Valerio ... Maj. Dowling
Gerd Vespermann

Heinz Drache ... Maj. Steve Garrett (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Gottfried Reinhardt 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Manfred Gregor  novel "The Verdict"
George Hurdalek  screenplay
Jan Lustig  adaptation
Silvia Reinhardt  screenplay

Produced by
Eberhard Meichsner .... producer
Gottfried Reinhardt .... producer
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin 
Cinematography by
Kurt Hasse 
Film Editing by
Werner Preuss (German version)
Art Direction by
Rolf Zehetbauer 
Set Decoration by
Werner Achmann 
Friedhelm Boehm 
Rolf Zehetbauer 
Costume Design by
Lilo Hagen 
Makeup Department
Irmgard Forster .... makeup artist
Dave Grayson .... makeup artist
Albert Nagel .... makeup artist
Production Management
Kurt Hartmann .... production manager
Sound Department
Carl Becker .... sound
George Drechsler .... sound
Rolf Schmidt-Gentner .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Lothar Winkler .... still photographer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Walter Boos .... editor: US version
Hermann Haller .... editor: US version
Other crew
George B. Bronfen .... technical advisor
Eva Ebner .... assistant to producer and director
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105 min
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Dalton Trumbo helped out Kirk Douglas by contributing to the script.See more »
Anachronisms: At the near end, when Kirk Douglas is checking out of the hotel, through the double glass doors is clearly visible a 1957 Chevrolet rear 1/4 panel with it's fluted aluminum trim. Camera change to the exterior of the hotel, Kirk Douglas exits and walks around to the drivers side of a 1956 Chevrolet which he drives away in.See more »
Col. Jerome Pakenham:This is no cross-examination! It's a circus!See more »
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34 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
The Ugly Hate the Beautiful and the Poor Hate the Rich, 3 June 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Town Without Pity, an American-German co-production, involves the crime, trial, and aftermath of four American GIs in occupied Germany raping a teenage girl.

Christine Kaufman who shortly after this film became the second Mrs. Tony Curtis, is attacked and raped by four American soldiers. The four, Frank Sutton, Richard Jaeckel, Robert Blake, and Mal Sondock, are in danger of capital punishment as prescribed by the American Code of Military Justice.

As another reviewer pointed out this was taking place while Germany was still an occupied country. Allied occupation of Germany didn't officially end until 1955 when our High Commissioner to Germany, James B. Conant, became our first ambassador to the German Federal Republic. After that these four would have taken their chances in a German criminal court.

The fact though that they were soldiers also meant that there was no chance for acquittal. What had to be determined was how guilty they were, even to the extent of the ultimate punishment.

Kirk Douglas for the defense and E.G. Marshall for the prosecution make a good pair of adversaries. Marshall would very shortly see how the other half lived as after this film was done, he would star in the long running TV series, The Defenders.

Kirk Douglas is a tiger in the courtroom as he ruthlessly puts Kaufman's own character on trial. It's his job, it's done down to the present day with victims of rape. But he's also a person with conscience, he knows exactly the character of the four men he's charged with the defense of, the character of each of them individually.

Anyway there isn't a player alive who doesn't relish a good courtroom scene and Douglas made the most of his opportunity here. I don't believe Kirk got back in a courtroom until a made for TV remake of Inherit the Wind.

Of the German cast and I note that several including Kaufman have had substantial careers in the German cinema, Barbara Rueting as the German reporter who narrates the film and Gerhard Lippert as Kaufman's boyfriend also stand out.

Of course no discussion of Town Without Pity is complete without the title song which I remember so well blaring from the jukeboxes of 1961. This jazz/rock and roll song was very typical of what was happening in German and other foreign culture, an overwhelming Americanization of same. Gene Pitney sold a lot of records of Town Without Pity back in the day. If you've never seen the film you'll remember the song after seeing it once.

And you'll also remember in terms of attitudes they really are the same. Those little minds will indeed tear you in two.

It's what a Town Without Pity does.

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