The Four Just Men: Season 1, Episode 3

The Village of Shame (1 Oct. 1959)

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Episode complete credited cast:
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John Gabriel ...
Arthur Gomez ...
Andre Charisse ...
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Betrayal and murder
19 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jack Hawkins as Ben Manfred is the "just man" in this episode. Manfred learns of the death, apparently by drowning, of Austin Smith, a man who he had known during the war. Smith, who had been with the OSS during the war, had a post war job of hunting down Nazi war criminals. Manfred is very suspicious about Smith's drowning death and goes to the small isolated fishing village of St. Paul near Toulon where the death occurred. The locals, including a policeman, the local priest, and the Mayor are very unhappy about Manfred's investigating the death and try to get him to leave. The shame of the village is that during the war the local resistance was betrayed and many of the local fighters were killed. Smith was one of the those that the resistance was trying to smuggle out of the country but because of the betrayal ended up a prisoner of war. The villagers know that it was one of their own who betrayed them but have no idea who it was. A young woman who as a girl during the war had known and liked Smith helps Manfred. Manfred uncovers the name of the betrayer whose motive for this heinous act was understandable (and probably all too common) but still deplorable. Hawkins, as ever, was great in this episode. He had just a strong screen presence and such a distinctive and pleasing voice.

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