In the western frontier town of Cross Creek storekeeper George Temple is a polite and soft spoken man with a secret past.When three bank robbers on the lam stop in town to change horses George Temple's past comes back to haunt him.
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
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 »
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 »
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.
Because you believe in Angel, and in this...
[looks down at his cigarette lighter, which has an inscription in Latin]
"UBI INJURIA, IBI REMEDIUM" - Where there's a wrong, there's a remedy. You really do believe in that, don't you?
Sure I believe in it. I couldn't teach...
I couldn't practice law if I didn't.
Lawyers hang it on their office walls ...
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Also shown in computer colorized version. See more »
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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