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Trial (1955)

Passed | | Drama | 7 October 1955 (USA)
Courtroom drama set in 1947 and underlying post-WW2 acute problems facing the USA such as stormy race relations and the growing threat of local communism.

Director:

Mark Robson

Writers:

Don Mankiewicz (as Don M. Mankiewicz), Don Mankiewicz (novel) (as Don M. Mankiewicz)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Glenn Ford ... David Blake
Dorothy McGuire ... Abbe Nyle
Arthur Kennedy ... Barney Castle
John Hodiak ... District Attorney John J. Armstrong
Katy Jurado ... Consuela Chavez
Rafael Campos ... Angel Chavez
Juano Hernandez ... Judge Theodore Motley
Robert Middleton ... A.A. 'Fats' Sanders
John Hoyt ... Ralph Castillo
Paul Guilfoyle ... Cap Grant
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Finn (as Elisha Cook)
Ann Lee Ann Lee ... Gail Wiltse
Whit Bissell ... Sam Wiltse
Richard Gaines ... Dr. Johannes Schacter
Barry Kelley ... Jim Brackett
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Storyline

The story of a murder trial where a Mexican boy is accused of the death of a Caucasian girl. The two-faced attorney (Arthur Kennedy) who takes the boy's case is only interested in defending him so he can exploit his Communist-backed organization for their own underhanded purposes. He and his organization bring in an idealistic law professor (Glenn Ford) who agrees to represent the boy in court. Written by alfiehitchie

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Tense! Timely! Thrilling! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

7 October 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Trial See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,341,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This film did well at the box office, earning MGM a profit of $518,000 ($4.79M in 2017) according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, the "Private Beach" sign is obviously being illuminated by a hidden light, and not by the match the guy strikes on it. See more »

Quotes

David Blake: You agree with Barney, don't you? I'll win because I have such an honest, confused face the jury's gonna feel sorry for me.
Abbe Nyle: No.
David Blake: Yes.
Abbe Nyle: Because you believe in Angel, and in this...
[looks down at his cigarette lighter, which has an inscription in Latin]
Abbe Nyle: "UBI INJURIA, IBI REMEDIUM" - Where there's a wrong, there's a remedy. You really do believe in that, don't you?
David Blake: Sure I believe in it. I couldn't teach...
[corrects himself]
David Blake: I couldn't practice law if I didn't.
Abbe Nyle: Lawyers hang it on their office walls ...
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Alternate Versions

Also shown in computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in MGM Parade: Episode #1.2 (1955) See more »

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A Pathological Case
22 August 2004 | by aeontwoSee all my reviews

This film fascinates precisely BECAUSE of its confused treatment of the theme of bigotry. It does not only refer, under a thin disguise of name, to Senator McCarthy - but also to the Ku Klux Klan. To me, its chief value is that it illustrates rather startlingly the ethical strangeness of a mid-fifties America apparently seeking a definition of justice while still beset with considerable self-doubt concerning its own institutions.

Few films of the period make so explicit the names of the antagonists; that is what sets it apart.

On the level of pure melodrama, it is entertaining, fast-paced and convincingly acted. The opening scene suggests an erotically-charged no man's land, namely the beach community of San Juno, anno 1947. This is the scene that I think will remain in my memory, because it precedes all the rhetoric, legalistic and otherwise, which never quite connects with the reality of spontaneous behaviour - simply, groping in the dark.


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