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A Fever in the Blood (1961)

Approved | | Drama | 28 January 1961 (USA)
The murder of a socialite leads to a sensational trial, with a close governor's race hanging on its outcome.


Vincent Sherman




Cast overview:
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Judge Leland Hoffman
Angie Dickinson ... Cathy Simon
Jack Kelly ... Dan Callahan
Don Ameche ... Senator Alex S. Simon
Ray Danton ... Attorney Clem Marker
Herbert Marshall ... Governor Oliver P. Thornwall
Andra Martin ... Laura Mayberry
Jesse White ... Police Sgt. Michael 'Mickey' Beers
Rhodes Reason ... Walter Thornwall
Robert Colbert ... Thomas J. Morely
Carroll O'Connor ... Matt Keenan
Parley Baer ... Charles 'Charlie' Bosworth
Saundra Edwards ... Lucy Callahan
June Blair ... Paula Thornwall


A district attorney, a US Senator, and a Superior Court judge are all possible candidates for governor. All three meet in official or unofficial ways when a socialite is found murdered and her estranged husband, nephew of a former governor, stands accused. Written by Terry A. Hurlbut

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Cathy flies back to Washington, DC on a United Airlines DC-6B. See more »


Leland holds up the large tape recorder take-up reel to Dan without first winding the rest of the tape onto it, or even taking it out of the machine. See more »


Judge Leland Hoffman: Mr. Miller, I understand that, among other things, you tap telephones.
Earl Miller: Now wait a minute, Judge! There's nothing illegal about that in this State. It's what you do with it that might break the law.
Judge Leland Hoffman: I'm aware of that. I want you to tap one for me.
Earl Miller: Oh, now, why didn't you say that in the first place?
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Zimbalist and Company in Politics - The Fever
4 March 2014 | by JLRMovieReviewsSee all my reviews

Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. heads an all-star cast about the fever of politics, those running for office, and how those use others in their quest for getting what they want, no matter the cost. The film begins with a murder of a housewife, who's been straying. The district attorney, played by "Maverick" star Jack Kelly, has aspirations of running for Governor and means to get a conviction to help his chances of winning. Judge Efrem presides the case and has thoughts on running for governor as well. Senator Don Ameche even wants to be governor so he can stay in office while going back to his roots. The case gets very interesting quick, when the viewer knows more than they do - that they have the wrong man. They think the husband did it. For such a underrated film compared to Advise and Consent, this was a very well-made and enjoyable film, with a stellar cast, including also Angie Dickinson, who married Don Ameche, only because Efrem was already married. (She must have always loved him.) But when Efrem's wife died, she became more disenchanted with her marriage and filled with what if. Character actors Herbert Marshall and Jesse White costar, along with TV stars Parley Baer and Carroll O'Connor, in his movie debut. And the more I see of Efrem in movies, the more I like him; he always embodies the voice of reason and common sense. But more than that, he exudes a warmth not usually found in handsome leading actors. And he is still with us today, at the age of 95. A sign of a life well lived. "A Fever in the Blood" showcases good actors as politicians immersed in their worlds and being pitted against each other, all vying for the position of one. Who will be governor? Who deserves it? Watch and see for yourself.

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Release Date:

28 January 1961 (USA) See more »

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Rivalen um die Macht See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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