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Twilight of Honor (1963)

Approved | | Drama | 6 February 1964 (West Germany)
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 »

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David Mitchell
Nick Adams ...
Ben Brown
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Art Harper
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Susan Harper
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Norris Bixby
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Laura Mae Brown
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Cole Clinton
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Amy Clinton
Edgar Stehli ...
Judge James Tucker
James Bell ...
Charles Crispin
George Mitchell ...
District Attorney Paul Farish
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Judson Elliot (as Donald Barry)
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Sheriff B.L. 'Buck' Wheeler
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Therese 'Tess' Braden
June Dayton ...
Vera Driscoll
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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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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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6 February 1964 (West Germany)  »

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Acusado de homicidio  »

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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 »

Goofs

In the flashback of Ben and Laura Mae hitchhiking along the lonely road in New Mexico miles from town, Cole Clinton drives up in his Imperial convertible and offers them a ride. The convertible has a rear view mirror clearly showing attached to the front windshield in the camera's wide shot point of view. In the next closeup scene with the point of view from the front of the car and the windshield centered in the frame, the rear view mirror is missing. In the next scene, a wide shot of the car driving into the hotel parking lot, the rear view mirror is mysteriously re-attached back onto the windshield. See more »

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Judge James Tucker: Mr. Mitchell, examine the witness, don't undress her.
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Referenced in Death in Hollywood (1990) See more »

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Twilight of Claude Rains
23 February 2015 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

OK courtroom drama from Perlberg-Seaton, with MGM capitalizing on Richard Chamberlain's TV success by casting him as a rather Kildare-like defense attorney. He's recently widowed, and he's given the unenviable job of defending sleazy-but-polite Nick Adams, who's already confessed, twice, to murdering Pat Buttram, a well-liked local politico who was trying to make time with Adams' sluttish wife, Joey Heatherton. Chamberlain's OK, and so are the courtroom exploits, with a screenplay that seems to delight in pushing the envelope a bit in terms of sexual conversation circa 1963. There's discussion of impotence, sleeping nude, and prostitution, and several sequences of Joey Heatherton twitching luridly next to a jukebox. But the best reason to watch is Claude Rains, as Chamberlain's former professor and current legal adviser. He looks genuinely unsteady and hasn't many good lines, but it's a beautiful, modest, underplayed performance. Joan Blackman is on hand as his daughter, to provide the rather tepid romantic interest, and Jeanette Nolan is good (when wasn't she) as Buttram's protective widow. The flashback format is unwieldy, and Boris Sagal directs it like it's a big TV show, but it keeps your interest pretty steadily, especially as a barometer of what was and wasn't permissible on screen in1963.


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