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Twelve Angry Men 

The jurors in a murder trial take their seats in a small, drab room to decide the defendant's fate. At first, all the men vote guilty bar one, who still has many questions not answered in ... See full summary »


Franklin J. Schaffner (as Franklin Schaffner)


Reginald Rose (written especially for Studio One by)

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Episode credited cast:
Robert Cummings ... Juror #8
Franchot Tone ... Juror #3
Edward Arnold ... Juror #10
Paul Hartman ... Juror #7
John Beal ... Juror #2
Walter Abel ... Juror #4
George Voskovec ... Juror #11
Joseph Sweeney Joseph Sweeney ... Juror #9
Bart Burns ... Juror #6
Norman Fell ... Juror #1 / Foreman (as Norman Feld)
Lee Philips ... Juror #5 (as Lee Phillips)
Larkin Ford Larkin Ford ... Juror #12 (as Will West)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Betty Furness ... Herself / Commercial Spokeswoman


The jurors in a murder trial take their seats in a small, drab room to decide the defendant's fate. At first, all the men vote guilty bar one, who still has many questions not answered in court. Through theories and re-enactments, others change their minds, but one man is adamant that he'll never change his vote and won't listen to reason. Written by WesternOne

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Release Date:

20 September 1954 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


For many years this episode was thought to have been lost. The Museum of Television and Radio (now the Paley Center) had only the first 30 minutes of the hour-long program on a kinescope provided by CBS - the only version CBS had. After nearly 30 years of searching, a copy of the complete program was found in 2003 by filmmaker Joseph Consentino, who was working on a documentary about noted defense attorney Robert Leibowitz (Leibowitz reported on the Charles A. Lindbergh baby kidnapping for the NY radio station WHN) and found a copy of the show in the archives maintained by the children of Leibowitz, Robert Leibowitz and Marjorie Leibowitz Finch. Samuel Leibowitz requested and received a commercial-free kinescope copy of "Twelve Angry Men" from CBS shortly after it aired because of his interest in legal issues. The Leibowitz children donated the kinescope to the museum and it had a re-premiere in May 2003. See more »


Right after the "you're a very smart young fellow" line, when the frame changes, watch the far right side of the screen. A large camera with the CBS "eye" logo is visible in plain sight. See more »


Referenced in The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Watchmen/Shuttle/12 (2009) See more »


Introduction from "Le Coq d' Or"
Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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live TV version which came before the famous film
19 November 2008 | by didi-5See all my reviews

This production of 'Twelve Angry Men', written especially for Studio One, is shorter than the film version and leaves a few twists and turns of plot undeveloped, but it is fifty minutes of class nevertheless.

Before we saw Henry Fonda and Lee J Cobb as Jurors 8 and 3, the roles were taken for television by Robert Cummings and Franchot Tone, and both are excellent. Alongside them are Edward Arnold, Walter Abel, and others including Joseph Sweeney who also appeared in the same role in the film version.

Performed live in a claustrophobic set, this version of Reginald Rose's play manages to create tension even within its short running time, although it isn't yet the case that the air conditioning isn't working, or the downpour of rain making one juror suddenly decide he wants to stay and not go to his ball game after all (here, the tickets are for a theatre outing to the Seven Year Itch).

Rediscovered after years of being feared lost, this superior TV drama suffers from a slightly poorer print and soundtrack than its contemporaries from the same series, but is still a fascinating comparison to the later screen version (and the 90s TV version).

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