Chicago television newsman Dave Sheridan (Dick Powell) arrives in a small Ohio town, Hadenville, where Richard Fulton has just been lynched. The chief of police (Edward R. Platt) tells ... See full summary »

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Chicago television newsman Dave Sheridan (Dick Powell) arrives in a small Ohio town, Hadenville, where Richard Fulton has just been lynched. The chief of police (Edward R. Platt) tells Sheridan he confessed to killing sweet old Mrs. Winslow and the town went wild. Sheridan plans on doing a piece exposing how sick the town is. Hotel clerk Carol (Jean Howell) wants him to give the town a "fair trial". Written by Jay Raskin

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10 February 1955 (USA)  »

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Don't be so quick to condemn mob violence?!
24 January 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While the acting in "Fair Trial" was very good, I couldn't help but feel confused by the message--and a very strange one at that! The show begins with a reporter, Dave (Dick Powell), arriving in some crappy town. It seems he's there because just the day before, a mob broken into the jail and hung a young man who had murdered a nice old lady. Dave is prepared to lambaste the town--after all, they did take the law into their own hands and behaved abominably. However, the message you get from some of the townsfolk is that he and others shouldn't be so quick to judge them--as in doing so, they are like the mob--making snap decisions. This is a completely ridiculous and stupid message--of course you can judge a town when almost half the folks participated in the killing. Any town where they'd behave like this IS a crappy and hellish town and the 'don't be so quick to judge them' theme is pretty stupid. A rare misfire for an otherwise excellent series.


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