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The Walls of Jericho (1948)

After County Attorney Dave Connors helps Julia Norman with her shiftless father, Jefferson Norman, she leaves Jericho, Kansas to college to study for a law degree.A few years later, Algeria... See full summary »

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John M. Stahl

Writers:

Lamar Trotti, Paul Wellman (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cornel Wilde ... Dave Connors
Linda Darnell ... Algeria Wedge
Anne Baxter ... Julia Norman
Kirk Douglas ... Tucker Wedge
Ann Dvorak ... Belle Connors
Marjorie Rambeau ... Mrs. Dunham
Henry Hull ... Jefferson Norman
Colleen Townsend ... Marjorie Ransome
Barton MacLane ... Gotch McCurdy
Griff Barnett ... Judge Hutto
William Tracy ... Cully Caxton
Art Baker ... Peddigrew
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After County Attorney Dave Connors helps Julia Norman with her shiftless father, Jefferson Norman, she leaves Jericho, Kansas to college to study for a law degree.A few years later, Algeria Wedge, the new bride of Dave's best friend, Tucker Wedge, makes overtures and plays for Dave, much to the displeasure of Dave's hard-drinking wife Belle. Angered by Dave's rebuffs, Algeria induces the state political boss to back Tucker for a Congress race against Dave. Meanwhile, Julia has returned to Jericho, with her law degree, and she and Dave fall in love. But when Dave announces he won't run for Congress, she feels she is the reason and she takes a job in Kansas City. Tucker wins the election and he and Algeria go to Washington. Later, Tucker announces a run for the Senate and Dave decides to run against him. When Marjorie Ransome kills a drunk in self-defense, Julia returns to Jericho to work with Dave, now in private practice,on Marjorie's defense. The still-resentful Algeria moves to kill... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THE TOWN COULDN'T HOLD THESE PEOPLE and THEIR LOVE! (original ad - mostly caps) See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1948 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

As Muralhas de Jericó See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 27, 1949 with Cornel Wilde reprising his film role. See more »

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Soap opera
7 April 2018 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Lawyer Cornel Wilde (Dave) wants to enter into the game of politics but his home life isn't perfect. This is because his wife Ann Dvorak (Belle) likes a drink and is nasty with it. His best friend is newspaper publisher Kirk Douglas (Tucker) who arrives in town with his scheming wife Linda Darnell (Algeria) and pretty soon the two of them become rival candidates. Rooky lawyer Anne Baxter (Julia) is also on the scene and very much part of the romantic thread. It's a very soap opera-ish story which meanders over several incidents with romance and courtroom drama and then it ends.

It's mediocre tosh really with a promising cast out of which only the women get meaty roles. Anne Baxter does well but we needed more scenes from Darnell and Dvorak. The men are pretty insipid goody-goody types.

Wilde should have joined his wife in her alcoholic binge-ing and then the film would have been way more interesting as we follow their drunken adventures in which they reek havoc and embarrass everyone in their local community. Sounds scarily familiar!


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