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Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore (1992)

In the second dramatic case for lawyer Harmon Cobb, he defends an incarcerated woman who is refused release from a mental institution.


Delbert Mann
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Matthau ... Harmon Cobb
Harry Morgan ... Judge Stoddard Bell
Susan Blakely ... Billie
Ariana Richards ... Nancy
Brian Kerwin ... Jack Adkins
Barton Heyman ... Donald
Norman Rose Norman Rose ... Judge Gold
Larry Keith Larry Keith ... Dr. Obenland
Michael Mantell ... Dr. Friedman
David Leary ... District Attorney Yates
Bridgit Ryan Bridgit Ryan ... Marika
Susan Chapek Susan Chapek ... Melina Vovakis
Don Brockett ... Judge Mulligan
Bingo O'Malley ... Judge Stoneburner
John Hall John Hall ... Young Lawyer


In the second dramatic case for lawyer Harmon Cobb, he defends an incarcerated woman who is refused release from a mental institution.

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Brian Kerwin utters ' you have to get the first kiss over or it becomes a dinosaur'. Ariana Richards playing the grand daughter also played the young girl in Jurassic Park where dinosaurs ran amok. See more »


Followed by Incident in a Small Town (1994) See more »

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As Outstanding As they Get: Incident in Baltimore ****
13 December 2010 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

A phenomenal movie with superb performances by Walter Matthau and Harry Morgan. Both would reprise their types of roles 2 years later in "An Incident in A Small Town."

While the latter film was also quite good, this one is even better because it exposes conditions in a mental institution in 1947's Baltimore. At the beginning, some of the harrowing scenes reminded me of Olivia De Havilland's memorable performance in 1948's "The Snake Pit."

Matthau, as a widowed attorney who has moved to Baltimore with his widowed daughter-in-law and granddaughter, takes on the case of a woman who committed herself to an asylum for depression and then was held there totally against her will. You will see plenty of corruption, abuse and other things that we unfortunately read in the papers about such institutions. You'll also see how this was a profitable business and the definite need for state intervention.

As if the picture isn't good enough, the sidebar story is where Susan Blakely, the daughter-in-law finds happiness with the 4-F math teacher in the town. This angers Matthau and he insults her in a memorable scene. The picture depicts the adjustment of finding a new life for the war widowed after World War 11.

The film is truly remarkable from beginning to end.

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Release Date:

19 January 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cobb's Law See more »

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