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A Covenant with Death (1967)

A convicted murderer kills his hangman. Then it is discovered that he actually didn't commit the murder he was convicted for.

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Ben Lewis
Laura Devon ...
Rosemary
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Eulalia Lewis
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Brian Talbot
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Judge Hockstadter
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Col. Oates
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Harmsworth
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Dietrich
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Bruce Donnelly
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A convicted murderer kills his hangman. Then it is discovered that he actually didn't commit the murder he was convicted for.

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Never talk too big. Never beat your wife. One night she could get strangled. And who would believe the hands weren't yours? See more »

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A forca para um inocente  »

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Feature directorial debut of Lamont Johnson. See more »

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The summary on IMDb seems to say too much...and not quite enough either.
19 September 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Normally, I don't complain but the summary on IMDb for this film is pretty bad. First, it discloses a BIG plot twist. Second, it really doesn't explain what the movie really is all about as well. Sure, there is a murder and execution...but it's all through the eyes of a young Hispanic judge (George Maharis) and there's no mention of him or how he relates to all this.

The story actually is a bit dispassionate...or should I say the first portion. Ben (Maharis) observes what's going on but seems surprisingly impassive about it. Later, however, when the case is surprisingly dropped into his lap, he has to become involved and make a decision based not just on law but common sense as it's really hard at this point to find a precedent for what happens.

Aside from the poor decision to cast Maharis (he's a handsome guy but hardly seems Hispanic), the film is an interesting look at justice and kept my interest. Worth seeing.


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