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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.

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Cast overview:
... Judge Leland Hoffman
... Cathy Simon
... Dan Callahan
... Senator Alex S. Simon
... Attorney Clem Marker
... Governor Oliver P. Thornwall
... Laura Mayberry
... Police Sgt. Michael 'Mickey' Beers
... Walter Thornwall
... Thomas J. Morely
... Matt Keenan
... Charles 'Charlie' Bosworth
... Lucy Callahan
... Paula Thornwall
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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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Although shot in academy 1.37:1 aspect ratio (for later television airing) the theatrical -- or *intended* (by the studio, producer, director and/or cinematographer) -- aspect ratio of this film is 1.66:1 (widescreen). Most modern 16x9 (1.78:1) monitors have a "zoom to width" picture option, essentially allowing the viewer to see the film as the director and cinematographer originally planned. It is easy to spot films shot this way since all the titles and credits will still fit when properly cropped (they stay in the "middle" of the frame vertically), and there is an unusual amount of "headroom" above the actors in medium and close-up shots when viewed uncropped. Quite often "mistakes" -- like seeing equipment in the top or bottom of the uncropped frame -- would never have been seen by a theater audience. See more »

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When Matt takes a phone call in Leland's apartment, the phone on the table is turned about 90 degrees between shots - and so is Cathy's picture. See more »

Quotes

Charles 'Charlie' Bosworth: Did Eisenhower have an organization? Senator, this is the age of celebrity. In entertainment, business, politics. Celebrities write their own ticket. You don't need a machine anymore.
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A Political Murder
16 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

A Fever in the Blood is the film title for uncontrolled political ambition. And quite a few people have it in this film as a murder trial has all kinds of political implications for those involved.

The nephew of a former governor of the state, Herbert Marshall, is murdered and his trial is sensationalized and covered like the O.J. Simpson trial. Mainly because prosecutor Jack Kelly knows that a conviction here will give him a big boost towards the gubernatorial nomination in his state.

Kelly will need all the help he can get because his main rival is a United States Senator Don Ameche, come home to seek the office of Chief Executive of his state. He's a formidable foe, but he's got a beautiful wife in Angie Dickinson with a roving eye.

Presiding over the trial and carefully avoiding all the traps as best he can is upright judge Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.

A Fever in the Blood was Warner Brothers way of giving a little big screen exposure to TV Stars Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. from 77 Sunset Strip and Jack Kelly from Maverick. These guys acquit themselves well in their parts. But the days when studios could make stars was now in the past.

This is a very nice political film which for some reason is unjustly overlooked. Hopefully TCM or AMC will run it sometime so you can judge for yourselves.


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