During the Korean War Sergeant Paul Ryker is accused of defecting to Communist China and then returning to his unit as a spy.He's court-martialed and sentenced to death but his attorney believes Ryker's innocent and asks for a new trial.

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Capt. David Young (archive footage)
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Maj. Whitaker (archive footage)
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Ann Ryker (archive footage)
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Gen. Amos Bailey (archive footage)
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President of the Court (archive footage)
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Maj. Kitchener - The Law Officer (archive footage)
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During the Korean War Sergeant Paul Ryker is accused of defecting to Communist China and then returning to his unit as a spy.He's court-martialed and sentenced to death but his attorney believes in Ryker's innocence and pleads for a new trial. Written by nufs68

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COMMIE MAJOR...or U.S. SERGEANT? There's a bullet at one end...and a hangman's noose at the other! See more »

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1 February 1968 (USA)  »

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Originally two episodes of Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963) - "The Case Against Paul Ryker" (Oct, 10 & 17, 1963) See more »

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Although Colonel Merriam is an Army officer, his ribbons include the Navy Presidential Unit Citation. While it would not be impossible for him to receive this award, it would be extremely unlikely. In addition, he wears a Second Army patch on his left shoulder. That unit was never stationed overseas. See more »

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A classic
2 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Superior courtroom drama set near the end of the Korean War. An Army sergeant named Ryker (Marvin) is sent by his commanding officer behind enemy lines, posing as a defector. The sergeant is eventually captured by Allied forces and jailed as a traitor. He is to be executed. His one possible alibi, that commanding officer, is now dead. A captain (Dillman) is convinced of Ryker's story, and convinces a general (Nolan) to let the Army retry Ryker, with the captain serving as his defense attorney. Great cast, including Peter Graves as a major itching to see Ryker hanged, and Murray Hamilton as a cynical officer who is convinced nothing can save Ryker. The courtroom scenes are suspenseful, and this two-part Kraft Suspense Theatre show was wisely turned into a theatrical release several years later.


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