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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:

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Trivia

Inscription on David Blake's cigarette lighter: "UBI INJURIA, IBI REMEDIUM" - Where there's a wrong, there's a remedy. 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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Alternate Versions

Also shown in computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.3 (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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

7 October 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$1,341,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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