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The Winston Affair (1964)

Man in the Middle (original title)
In WW2,a US lieutenant stationed in India shoots dead a British NCO and admits his crime but his reason for the murder is so bizarre that it puzzles his defense counsel.

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Lt. Col. Barney Adams
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Kate Davray
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Gen. Kempton
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Maj. John Darryl Kensington
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Lt. Charles Winston
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Maj. Leon Kaufman
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Col. Burton
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Lt. Oscar Morse
Robert Nichols ...
Lt. Harvey Bender
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Col. Shaw
Errol John ...
Sgt. Jackson
Paul Maxwell ...
Maj. Fred Smith
Lionel Murton ...
Capt. Alec Gunther
Russell Napier ...
Col. J.H. Thompson
Jared Allen ...
Capt. Dwyer
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In India during WWII, a US officer confesses the murder of a UK officer. A military veteran is appointed to defend him. Everything looks simple, until he starts investigating the circumstances of the crime and realizes that facts don't fit. Written by Anonymous

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The most unusual chain of events that ever held your emotions at gun point.

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This was made by Marlon Brando's production company, Pennebaker Films. See more »

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Referenced in Il signor Quindicipalle (1998) See more »

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At Last
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Music by Harry Warren
Played in the bar during the court recess
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4 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A film detailing the defense of insanity with the background that the accused is the brother-in-law of a United States Congressman.

Keenan Wynn delivers an excellent performance as the American officer who in front of 11 witnesses shot a British army man for his alleged racist activities-cavorting with African American women. He epitomizes hatred in the film while claiming that the next war will be a racial one.

Robert Mitchum is called in to be his defense attorney in a case that is supposedly one to get out of the way and just hang Wynn.

A much younger Sam Wanamaker is the psychiatrist whose report on Wynn was conveniently ignored and when Wanamaker is called to testify, he is conveniently transferred and is killed in a car accident while attempting to join the trial.

The film would have been ever better had we viewed the Congressman and the technique of flashbacks be used to see what Wynn's life was like before he joined the army. Even with a brother-in-law in Congress, it's hard to envision how such a nut case was ever accepted into the army.

France Nuyen places a nurse who falls for Mitchum in record time even for movie standards.

The film is one of duty and ethical dilemma.


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