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Trial (1955)

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.

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(as Don M. 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:
... David Blake
... Abbe
... Barney
... District Attorney Armstrong
... Mrs. Chavez
... Angel Chavez
... Judge Theodore Motley
... A.A. 'Fats' Sanders
... Ralph Castillo
... Cap Grant
... Finn (as Elisha Cook)
Ann Lee ... Gail Wiltse
... Sam Wiltse
... Dr. Johannes Albert Schacter
... 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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Release Date:

7 October 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Fúria dos Justos  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,341,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,312,000, 31 December 1955

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,305,000, 31 December 1955
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.85 : 1
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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

After ordering David to put Angel on the stand following their argument in his office, Barney walks out, leaving Abbe and David alone. Abbe turns to David and says, "Oh, Barney, there's a new world coming", when she certainly meant to say "David". See more »

Quotes

David Blake: I learned a long time ago that when someone says 'decide right now' that that's the time to take your time.
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Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.4 (1955) See more »

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A Pathological Case
22 August 2004 | by See 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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