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Trial (1955)

Approved | | 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
Arthur Kennedy ... Barney
John Hodiak ... District Attorney Armstrong
Katy Jurado ... Mrs. 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 Albert 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:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fúria dos Justos See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

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

Though the film was made in 1955, it takes place in 1947. However, in the scene where Abbe, Barney and David are driving through town after their first visit with Angel in prison, most of the cars visible in the background are 1950s or late 40s models, including brand new 1955 cars seen in an automobile dealership window. 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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Alternate Versions

Also shown in computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.4 (1955) See more »

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An honest attorney?
19 February 2004 | by helpless_dancerSee all my reviews

Pretty good drama featuring a reluctant lawyer roped into a murder trial. As usual Ford does a credible job as the harried attorney who strives to see his client gets a fair shake. To do this he must alienate many of the town's leading citizens who are, of course, looking out for #1. Worth seeing.


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