A deaf and dumb young man is accused of murdering a prostitute and defended by a deaf lawyer.

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Lowell Myers
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Donald Lang
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Ragoti
Rose Gregorio ...
Jean Markin
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Assistant D.A. Smith
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Julius Lang
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Mrs. Harrod
Jonathan Pilurs ...
Detective Romain
Paul Butler ...
Sergeant Alonzo Hobbs
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Dr. Romney
Frankie Hill ...
Ernestine
Ray Price ...
Black Giant
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Dr. Morris (as Patrick Billingsley)
James D. O'Reilly ...
Judge O'Mara (as James O'Reilly)
Tricia Borha ...
Mrs. Lang
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A deaf and dumb young man is accused of murdering a prostitute and defended by a deaf lawyer.

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The point is not guilt or innocence
29 May 2006 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

The previous comment missed the point entirely. The question isn't if the guy was guilty or not, but, does the justice system have any mechanism in it for someone who can't hear, speak, read, sign or communicate in any other way. THIS was the crux of the matter- if someone can't communicate at all how does he participate in a court proceeding? How could he understand what was going on? Donald Lang could not communicate ideas at all- he could not lip-read, could not hear,could not understand sign language of any kind- he literally COULD NOT COMMUNICATE- It wasn't about his guilt or innocence- it was about a situation where the courts could do as they pleased with someone because he could not understand anything. This is un-American- we are a land where people have DIED defending a system which provides rights which cannot be trampled by police powers. THAT is what the film was about. (FYI I live in Chicago and know Lowell Myers well, and have spoken to him about this.... so my info is directly from the source.)


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