QB VII (1974)

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A physician sues a novelist for publishing statements implicating the doctor in Nazi war crimes.

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Won 6 Primetime Emmys. Another 10 nominations. See more awards »
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 Abe Cady (2 episodes, 1974)
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 Adam Kelno (2 episodes, 1974)
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 Angela Kelno (2 episodes, 1974)
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 David Shawcross (2 episodes, 1974)
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 Robert Highsmith (2 episodes, 1974)
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 Tom Banniester (2 episodes, 1974)
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 Dr. Stanislaus Lotaki (2 episodes, 1974)
Kristoffer Tabori ...
 Ben Cady (2 episodes, 1974)
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 Lady Margaret (2 episodes, 1974)
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 Zaminski (2 episodes, 1974)
Vladek Sheybal ...
 Sobotnik (2 episodes, 1974)
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 Stephen Kelno (2 episodes, 1974)
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 Semple (2 episodes, 1974)
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Adam Kelno has made it to England in the days following World War II. Having escaped from a death camp in Nazi Europe, he finds that his identification with anti-communists in Poland has made him a target of the Soviet Government, which brings up war crime charges against him in England. When the witness is unable to identify him as one of the doctors who castrated him, he is released. Kelno takes his wife and young son to Arabia where he labors for years upgrading public health standards. Upon his return to England he is Knighted. Twenty years have passed and he has just begun to enjoy his life of renown when a book is published that names him as a willing participant to Nazi medical experiments on Jews in the camps. He sues for defamation and finds that not only can he not escape his past, but that the plaintiff a defamation case has his own reputation on trial. QB VII refers to the courtroom in which the trial is held, Queen's Bench, Room 7. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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It's Never Too Late To Find Justice.

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29 April 1974 (USA)  »

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Aithousa vasilikon dikastirion No 7  »

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The original script begin with Kelno doing volunteer work in the jungle. After two days of shooting in the jungle, the jungle setting was scrapped and changed to a desert. Three years later the same thing happened during the shooting of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). See more »

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Narrator: [Opening Credits] This is the story of the lives of two men who fought each other in one of the most fascinating trials in modern history. The trial took place in QB VII: Queen's Bench Courtroom Number Seven of the Royal Courts of Justice in London. There, Sir Adam Kelno, a refugee European doctor and concentration camp survivor brought suit for libel against Abraham Cady, World War II ace and world-famous American novelist. For nearly 30 years, they lived their lives unaware of each other until...
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Vindication At the Queen's Bench
15 May 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

One of the earliest of TV mini-series casts Anthony Hopkins and Ben Gazzara who are the plaintiff and defendant in a libel suit. The case is being settled in the courtroom number seven of the Queen's Bench in London, QB VII. What Gazzara is accusing Hopkins of is monstrous indeed, the participation of experiments on Jews in the concentration camp of forced sterilization which involved chemical and physical castration.

Not an easy thing to prove because since World War II, Hopkins, an anti-Communist Polish refugee has been knighted by the Queen for his humanitarian work among the Arab desert tribes. That's probably no accident he chose to settle there with his wife Leslie Caron and son who grows up to be Anthony Andrews. The shifting sands of the Cold War has made such charges tinged with political overtones.

Gazzara is author Leon Uris inserted into the novel and Uris himself doesn't paint a flattering portrait. He's one of Jewish heritage who is not terribly religious. Gazzara married a British girl, Juliet Mills, who was a nurse seeing to his recovery and they have a son who grows up to be Kristoffer Tabori. Gazzara becomes a hack Hollywood screenwriter and gets rich and bored. But he then writes an epic Jewish novel the way Leon Uris wrote Exodus of deeply researched historical fiction and he names Hopkins and what he allegedly did.

This is by no means a strange phenomenon. From the Fifties through the Nineties we heard stories of former Nazis turning up in all kinds of places and in plain sight, not hiding in the deep recesses of Argentina or Paraguay which seemed to be favored by Nazis of higher rank and profile like Dr. Mengele. The President of Austria in the Eighties, Kurt Waldheim had his Nazi past uncomfortably exposed once he was in office. And Ivan Demjanjuk at the ripe old age of 95 after years as an automobile worker in the USA just got sentenced for his war crimes. I doubt we'll be seeing too many more though.

QB VII got a flock of Emmy Awards and nominations including in the Supporting Acting category for Juliet Mills and Anthony Quayle who plays the barrister representing Gazzara. His cross examination scene with Hopkins is devastating. And of course Gazzara and Hopkins are at their usual sterling best.

QB VII marked the farewell performance of Jack Hawkins who had for several years performed without a voice box due to throat cancer which finally claimed him. In QB VII a voice similar to his was used which was not always the case. In a sense this film is his because Hawkins plays the judge presiding over the court in QB VII.

This mini-series holds up very well today and I recommend it highly for viewers who are interested in Holocaust justice and the unfortunate politics that sometimes accompanies it.


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