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They Won't Forget (1937)

Passed | | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery | 9 October 1937 (USA)
A politically ambitious district attorney, unscrupulous tabloid journalists, and regional prejudice combine to charge a teacher with the murder of his student.

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy (uncredited)

Writers:

Ward Greene (novel), Robert Rossen (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Claude Rains ... Andy Griffin
Gloria Dickson ... Sybil Hale
Edward Norris ... Robert Hale
Otto Kruger ... Gleason
Allyn Joslyn ... Bill Brock
Lana Turner ... Mary Clay
Linda Perry ... Imogene Mayfield
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Joe Turner
Cy Kendall ... Detective Laneart
Clinton Rosemond Clinton Rosemond ... Tump Redwine
E. Alyn Warren ... Carlisle P. Buxton
Elisabeth Risdon ... Mrs. Hale (as Elizabeth Risdon)
Clifford Soubier Clifford Soubier ... Jim Timberlake
Granville Bates ... Detective Pindar
Ann Shoemaker ... Mrs. Mountford
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Storyline

A southern town is rocked by scandal when teenager Mary Clay is murdered on Confederate Decoration Day. Andrew Griffin, a small-time lawyer with political ambitions, sees the crime as his ticket to the Senate if he can find the right victim to finger for the crime. He sets out to convict Robert Hale, a transplanted northerner who was Mary's teacher at the business school where she was killed. Despite the fact that all the evidence against Hale is circumstantial, Griffin works with a ruthless reporter to create a media frenzy of prejudice and hate against the teacher. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death in the Deep South See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The story is based on the murder trial of Leo Frank in 1915, despite the usual disclaimer at the start of the movie. Author Ward Greene covered that trial in Atlanta, Georgia, as a reporter. See more »

Goofs

Anytime during the entire trial the shadow of the window is showing in the same place; behind the witness chair / over the back door of the courtroom. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Mountford: [In Memorial Day Parade open limo] The only thing that we shall see is the day when Governor Mountford becomes senator.
Governor Mountford: You musn't say that too loud. Andy Griffin is in the car behind.
Mrs. Mountford: Andy Griffin doesn't count.
Governor Mountford: In politics, my dear, everybody counts.
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Soundtracks

Taps
(1862) (uncredited)
Attributed to Daniel Butterfield
Played by a bugler at the Memorial Day ceremony
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Grim, powerful
23 October 2001 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

A young girl (Lana Turner in her first role) is killed in a small Southern town. A Northener, Robert Hale (Edward norris) is accused of it...but is he guilty? It doesn't seem to matter because everybody uses his accusation for their own gain. Fast moving, still relevant (sadly) look at prejudice, gossip, mob rule and media manipulation. Occasionally the characters give out unmotivated speeches (especially Hale's wife), but the movie is very well-written and acted with Claude Rain chewing the scenery again and again. A must see...don't miss this one!


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