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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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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: [Blake and Castle are discussing the fund-raising for Angel Chavez's defense fund] Look, it's not only the way you are raising the money, it's the people that are raising it.The All Peoples Party. Barney, half of them are a bunch of Communists, you know that!
Bernard 'Barney' Castle: I'd say sixty percent, and some of the others are cheating the Party out if its dues.
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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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A bright line on 50s America
4 March 2008 | by alexcamsSee all my reviews

This great film will come as a great shock to anyone who thinks of 1950s America in Leave It To Beaver terms, and that's a very good thing. An exaggerated but not misleading portrait of a hugely racist and sexist nation at its worst, with a feel-good conclusion that rings false in light of what we've just seen and generally know to be true about the US at the time. The performances are good for the most part, but the things these people say and do may give you the creeps. The scene in front of the city hall when the local white men are about to use nitro to blow up the front door is absolutely frightening. The 50s will never seem the same again, and that's a very good thing. This movie should be part of history courses.


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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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