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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
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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
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Charles Crispin
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District Attorney Paul Farish
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Judson Elliot (as Donald Barry)
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Sheriff Buck Wheeler
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Tess Braden
June Dayton ...
Vera Driscoll
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US Air Force veteran Ben Brown has been charged with the murder of aging Cole Clinton, a leading citizen of Durango County, New Mexico. Months after the discovery of Clint's dead body, Ben was turned in to the authorities by his wife, Laura Mae Brown, who claims she witnessed the murder. Ben has signed a confession to killing Clint, who picked up the Browns hitchhiking on the road on his way back home from an out-of-town cattle auction. In addition to the charge against Ben, Laura Mae is charged as a co-defendant, her trial to be separate from Ben's. Although the alleged murder did not happen in Durango County, the trial is held there, most of Clint's friends and family who will definitely be in attendance, their goal to see Ben convicted and proverbially hanged. Instead of District Attorney Paul Farish, Norris Bixby has been appointed special prosecutor to try the case. James Tucker, the presiding judge, appoints a surprised young attorney named David Mitchell to represent Ben. ... Written by Huggo

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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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Acusado de homicidio  »

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Trivia

The airplane at the beginning of the film is a Beechcraft model 18. Over 9,000 were produced from 1937 to1970. 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 »

Quotes

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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A Good Courtroom Drama
7 March 2006 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

This is, though entertaining, far from a good movie. It comes across as a long television show. And no wonder! The director did mostly TV. At the time, star Richard Chamberlain was known primarily for his Dr. Kildare series.

The supporting cast is lots of fun. It runs the gamut from -- OK, ready? Pat Butram .... to Joey Heatherton ... to Claude Rains. Yes, in the middle of this tale of a poor low class kid (Nick Adams, suitably confused looking) caught in the midst of a class-conscious small Southern town, Rains is the patriarchal retired lawyer. Yes, Claude Rains.

He looks frail and certainly doesn't seem especially Southern. But here was a man who never turned in a bad performance.

Chamberlain is good, too, and Jeanette Nolan is touching as the wife of the man Adams is accused of murdering.


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