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Gideon's Trumpet (1980)

The story of Clarence Earl Gideon and his fight for the right to have publicly funded legal counsel for the needy.

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Clarence Earl Gideon
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Chief Justice / Offscreen Narrator
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Edna Curtis
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1st Supreme Court Justice
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Sixth Supreme Court Justice
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Jacob
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5th Supreme Court Justice
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Fred Turner
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Judge Robert McCrary
Dolph Sweet ...
Charlie
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2nd Supreme Court Justice
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Abe Krash
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Harris
Les Lannom ...
Bobby Earle
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True story of Clarence Gideon's fight to be appointed counsel at the expense of the state. This landmark case led to the Supreme Court's decision which extended this right to all criminal defendants. Written by Steve Walker <swalker@ionet.net>

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30 April 1980 (USA)  »

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: Gideon's Trumpet (#29.3)  »

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Henry Fonda played Barney Greenwald on stage in "The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial" in 1954, the same year that José Ferrer played the same role in The Caine Mutiny (1954). See more »

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After Gideon wins his second trial and leaves the courthouse a reporter asks him a question. As Gideon leaves the reporter scribbles something on his notebook. However the reporter's notebook is closed throughout the shot. See more »

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James Fitzpatrick: [referring to Jacob, who is about to argue before the Supreme Court for the very first time] Don't go feeling sorry for the poor son-of-a-bitch until we've won.
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Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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excellent historical drama
18 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I consider myself well-educated but had never heard of this story until now. I had no idea that the right to have an attorney even if you cannot afford one was established so recently in 1963.

I had heard of the attorney Abe Fortas, but didn't know his role in this story. The name that should be more well-known is Clarence Gideon, the man to thank for pursuing his right to a court-appointed attorney.

The film simplifies the events that took place over more than two years, but it really holds your attention and shows the injustice of trials where the defendant could not afford an attorney and was often convicted without proper pursuit of the truth.


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