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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Storyline

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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6 February 1964 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Acusado de homicidio  »

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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Judge James Tucker: Mr. Mitchell, examine the witness, don't undress her.
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Would-be 'shocking' dialogue digressions litter rote star-vehicle
17 May 2014 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Richard Chamberlain, then-hot from TV's "Dr. Kildare", plays a green defense attorney who takes on a supposedly-unwinnable murder case in court, aided by creaking legal legend Claude Rains. Adaptation of Al Dewlen's novel plays like a junior-league variation of "Anatomy of a Murder"...one without the necessary bold, unflinching talent up-front to make even a mild impression. Rains certainly helps, and slithering Joey Heatherton has a silly but standout supporting role; otherwise, Chamberlain is inherently too soft to carry such a scenario, and the screenplay, dotted with sexual details delivered with whacking emphasis, is (almost amusingly) overripe. *1/2 from ****


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