The life and career of Clarence Darrow, the noted American lawyer and civil libertarian.

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Bob Tracey ...
Judge
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Eugene Prendergast
Gerard Malone ...
Young Paul Darrow
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Jessie Darrow
Harry Goz ...
Marvin Hughitt
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Eugene Debs
Bill Alton ...
Ludwig
Michael Lewis ...
Jack Dolan
Larry John Meyers ...
Judge Grosscup
Don Wadsworth ...
Thomas Milchrist
Neil Vipond ...
Edward Lorber
Frances Foster ...
Elsa Jackson
John Christopher Jones ...
Edgar Lee Masters
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Lillian Anderson
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In the 1890s, Clarence Darrow was a corporate railroad lawyer who had a crisis of conscience when he saw the plight of the underprivileged. In response, Darrow quits to fight in the courts on their behalf. In a career that would mark him as the Lawyer for the Damned, we follow Darrow's life through his highs like his labor victories to the low of the hopeless McNamara trial that got him indicted for jury tampering. After all that, he rebuilds his life as a master criminal defense lawyer that would lead him to one of his greatest cases with the Leopold and Loeb trial. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Clarence Darrow: [I was reading last night of the aspiration of the old Persian poet, Omar-Khayyam,he told the judge. It appealed to me as the highest that I can vision. I wish it was in my heart, and I wish it was in the hearts of all: So I be written in the Book of Love; I do not care about that Book above. Erase my name, or write it as you will, So I be written in the Book of Love]
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I was in this made for TV production
10 October 2006 | by (columbus, ohio) – See all my reviews

I was in Pittsburgh, Pa., attending a "Public Defender's Junket" (read as convention), and road the subway to an exit where we saw a sign that said "extras report here," so my friend and I got in line. Next, we were given haircuts, and "period" clothes.

This was early in the day, and the shoot was being held in the Federal Courtroom.

Kevin had a long hard day mostly consisting of the closing argument. I was in the front row and Kevin picked me out to maintain eye contact with. Kevin's pants were too big, and held up with suspenders as I suppose Darrow's pants were.

Spacey's closing argument was to "admit the facts, and win the case," which he did; that is, he admitted the murder by the misguided young geniuses and saved them from the chair.

By the way, I never got paid for my eight hours since I left to go to the Public Defender's banquet before pay time.

Robert H. Foster attorney


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