Studio One in Hollywood: Season 7, Episode 1

Twelve Angry Men (20 Sep. 1954)
"Studio One" Twelve Angry Men (original title)

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The jurors in a murder trial take their seats in a small, drab room to decide the defendant's fate. At first, all the men vote guilty bar one, who still has many questions not answered in ... See full summary »

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Juror #8
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Juror #7
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Juror #4
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The jurors in a murder trial take their seats in a small, drab room to decide the defendant's fate. At first, all the men vote guilty bar one, who still has many questions not answered in court. Through theories and re-enactments, others change their minds, but one man is adamant that he'll never change his vote and won't listen to reason. Written by WesternOne

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Joseph Sweeney and George Voskovec reprised their roles as Juror #9 and Juror #11, respectively, in the feature film version of 12 Angry Men (1957). See more »

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live TV version which came before the famous film
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This production of 'Twelve Angry Men', written especially for Studio One, is shorter than the film version and leaves a few twists and turns of plot undeveloped, but it is fifty minutes of class nevertheless.

Before we saw Henry Fonda and Lee J Cobb as Jurors 8 and 3, the roles were taken for television by Robert Cummings and Franchot Tone, and both are excellent. Alongside them are Edward Arnold, Walter Abel, and others including Joseph Sweeney who also appeared in the same role in the film version.

Performed live in a claustrophobic set, this version of Reginald Rose's play manages to create tension even within its short running time, although it isn't yet the case that the air conditioning isn't working, or the downpour of rain making one juror suddenly decide he wants to stay and not go to his ball game after all (here, the tickets are for a theatre outing to the Seven Year Itch).

Rediscovered after years of being feared lost, this superior TV drama suffers from a slightly poorer print and soundtrack than its contemporaries from the same series, but is still a fascinating comparison to the later screen version (and the 90s TV version).


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