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The Story on Page One (1959)

Approved | | Drama | December 1959 (USA)
Courtroom drama about an adulterous pair who is charged with murdering the outraged husband of the cheating woman.

Director:

Clifford Odets

Writer:

Clifford Odets
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rita Hayworth ... Josephine Brown / Jo Morris
Anthony Franciosa ... Victor Santini
Gig Young ... Larry Ellis
Mildred Dunnock ... Mrs. Ellis
Hugh Griffith ... Judge Edgar Neilsen
Sanford Meisner ... Phil Stanley
Robert Burton ... District Attorney Nordeau
Alfred Ryder ... Lt. Mike Morris
Katherine Squire Katherine Squire ... Mrs. Hattie Brown
Raymond Greenleaf ... Judge Carey
Myrna Fahey ... Alice
Leo Penn Leo Penn ... Morrie Goetz
Sheridan Comerate ... Ofcr. Francis Morris
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Storyline

When Jo Morris' marriage turned sour and heartless, she found sympathy and companionship with widower Larry Ellis. After Jo's husband is accidentally killed in a struggle over a gun with Larry, the adulterous couple find themselves on trial for their lives, with their lawyers fighting the pair's reluctance to turn against each other. Written by scgary66

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cigar | gun | widower | trial | lawyer | See All (41) »

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Did Their Relationship Have To Lead To Murder? See more »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Question of Mortality See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,748,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Jerry Wald Productions See more »
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Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to an article in the May 25, 1959 edition of Daily Variety, Marilyn Monroe was the first choice for the lead. See more »

Goofs

While Mrs. Ellis is on the stand, she can be also be clearly seen in the court room audience. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Mike Morris: I know, I know, I sometimes dish it out; but, you don't take things light enough. I mean, you don't think when I say I'll kick her in the slats, the kid, I really mean it?
Jo Morris: What's important is whether Avis thinks you mean it.
Lt. Mike Morris: It's nice havin' a head like you at home.
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Between a caveman and a mama's boy
24 October 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Other than trying to figure out why Rita Hayworth was falling for such a weak mama's boy like Gig Young in the first place The Story On Page One is one of her best roles showing our World War II era sex goddess can really act in a good role with proper motivation.

The Story On Page One has Rita Hayworth still beautiful, but in a drab role as a housewife married to cop Alfred Ryder who's a real caveman alpha male type and abusive. I guess Young's sensitivity is what attracted her, he's a 180 degree different from Ryder.

In any event we know what happens right away. Ryder catches Young and Hayworth together at their home. Ryder being a cop has a licensed weapon. He and Young struggle for the gun and it goes off killing Ryder.

She needs a lawyer and as it turns out Hayworth's mom Katherine Squire knows a good one who's kind of gone to seed. Anthony Franciosa who I think is one of the most underrated talents ever is hired.

I'm not sure charges would have been brought had Ryder not been a cop. And Young and Hayworth do some stupid things not helping their case any. In their stupidity they actually convince Franciosa that they're innocent. Now if he can sell a jury which is the crux of the film.

Soome other nice performances of note are Robert Burton as the District Attorney and Mildred Dunnock as Young's mother. She has a scene with Hayworth telling her to keep her hands off her darling boy that's another highlight. One of my favorite of players Hugh Griffith plays the judge and Griffith is not given all that much to do.

The film is adapted from a Clifford Odets play and directed by Odets. He sure brought out a great performance in Rita Hayworth.


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