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Final Verdict (1991)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  9 September 1991 (USA)
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Nora Rogers, who grew up to become journalist and writer Adela Rogers St. John, had a unique view of the law practice of her celebrated and notorious father Earl Rogers, who was st the top ... See full summary »

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Earl Rogers
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Nora Rogers
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Rev. Rogers
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Belle Rogers
Barton Heyman ...
Bill Jory
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Al Boyd
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Harry Johnson
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Pearl Morton
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Queenie
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Francy
Tony Frank ...
C.C. McComas
Matthew Posey ...
Mootry
Rick Stokes ...
Doyle Bains
Bill Bolender ...
Jim Davin
Robert Strane ...
Boyd Sr.
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Nora Rogers, who grew up to become journalist and writer Adela Rogers St. John, had a unique view of the law practice of her celebrated and notorious father Earl Rogers, who was st the top of his profession at the turn of the 20th century.. This film is adapted from her 1962 biography of him, "Final Verdict." Written by Murray J. Porath

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Great attorney - bad movie
2 August 2003 | by (hawaii) – See all my reviews

With real material abundant on the great Earl Rogers, this ridiculous melodrama based on his daughter's book of the same title is not worth watching. Glenn Ford stood out as the only professional who rose above the lack of script and direction to deliver a believable performance.

It's a good thing that this was released (just 3 years) after Adela Rogers' (author) death so that she never had to see it.

A truly epic film could be made about this legal defense legend, who in his only role as prosecutor in the LA Times bombing, defeated the bomber's defense attorney Clarence Darrow, then defended Darrow against jury tampering charges and got him acquitted.

Adela's book 'Final Verdict' (1962), and 'Take the Witness' (1932), both outline Earl Rogers as a groundbreaking attorney who introduced modern forensics, ballistics, alcohol defense, and other modern concepts into American courts with a flair never before seen. Roger's precedent of allowing the defendant (Darrow) to summarize his own defense to the jury was cited in the Simpson trial in the 1990's.

His life would make an excellent TV miniseries centered around his most famous and groundbreaking cases - without the needless melodrama.

Someone please make it.


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