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Twilight of Honor (1963)

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A murder case that can't be won is assigned to a young defense attorney. He asks his old ailing friend, a legend among attorneys, for help on the case as his consultant.



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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »


Cast overview, first billed only:
David Mitchell
Nick Adams ...
Ben Brown
Art Harper
Joan Blackman ...
Susan Harper
Norris Bixby
Laura Mae Brown
Cole Clinton
Amy Clinton
Edgar Stehli ...
Judge James Tucker
James Bell ...
Charles Crispin
George Mitchell ...
District Attorney Paul Farish
Judson Elliot (as Donald Barry)
Sheriff B.L. 'Buck' Wheeler
Robin Raymond ...
Therese 'Tess' Braden
June Dayton ...
Vera Driscoll


A murder case that can't be won is assigned to a young defense attorney. He asks his old ailing friend, a legend among attorneys, for help on the case as his consultant.

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HIS FIRST STARRING ROLE ON THE SCREEN! Richard Chamberlain as a fearless trial lawyer in a drama of love, courage, and murder!




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Release Date:

6 February 1964 (West Germany)  »

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Twilight of Honor  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Robert Walker Jr. originally announced for Nick Adams' role. See more »


Referenced in Death in Hollywood (1990) See more »

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young lawyer (Richard Chamberlain) defends a young rebel (nick adams) accused of murder.
20 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the infamous film for which Nick Adams was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar owing to his spending a great deal of his own money and time campaigning. He had promised best friend, actor Robert Conrad, that he was going to be the first TV actor to get a nomination and he did, after sparing no effort to browbeat Academy members. According to Hollywood legend, he even invited a bunch to his home for a big party and then fell asleep just as they arrived. Also, he was supposedly dumbfounded when Melvyn Douglas received the award for his old cowboy in Hud. Adams is okay, nothing more, in this film - he actually should have campaigned for another film he did that year, The Hook with Kirk Douglas, because that was his best role ever in a film. Here, he wears a black leather jacket and does a James Dean routine (they were in Rebel Without a Cause together, Dean with the lead, Adams with one line) as a misunderstood loner he gets accused of murder. His love interest, a wild child, is played by Joey Heatherton, who had been depressed ever since her father, TV's Merry Mailman, refused to let her play the title role in Lolita - which is pretty much what she does here, only doing so after Tuesday Weld passed up the part in this film. Richard Chamberlain, in his bland leading man days before he learned to act by doing Hamlet in London, is the defense lawyer, Joan Blackman his classy girlfriend, and the great Claude Raines provides the real reason for watching as an older lawyer. Watchable but routine, and not very different from any halfway decent TV lawyer show of the time except that it runs twice as long.

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