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Sentence of Death 

A woman witnesses a murder during a store robbery but claims the accused man is not the killer. After he is convicted and weeks away from his execution date, she sees the real killer, but the police are reluctant to reopen the case.

Director:

Matt Harlib

Writers:

Adrian Spies (written for television by), Thomas Walsh (story)
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Gene Lyons ... Sgt. Paul Cochran
Betsy Palmer ... Ellen Morrison
Ralph Dunn ... Sgt. MacReynolds
James Dean ... Joe Palica
Virginia Vincent ... Mrs. Sawyer
Tony Bickley Tony Bickley ... Tommy Elliott
Fred J. Scollay Fred J. Scollay ... Harry Sawyer (as Fred Scollay)
Henry Sharp Henry Sharp ... Mr. Eugene Krantz (as Henry Sharpe)
Eda Heinemann Eda Heinemann ... Sylvia Krantz (as Eda Heineman)
Charles Mendick Charles Mendick ... Lugash - District Attorney
Frank Biro Frank Biro ... The Man (as Barnet Biro)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Betty Furness ... Herself - Commercial Spokeswoman
June Graham June Graham ... Herself - Substitute Commercial Spokeswoman
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Storyline

A woman witnesses a murder during a store robbery but claims the accused man is not the killer. After he is convicted and weeks away from his execution date, she sees the real killer, but the police are reluctant to reopen the case.

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Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1953 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Gowns by Samuel Winston. See more »

Goofs

When Ellen Morrison recants that Joe Palica is not the murderer when sees the real killer in the bar; the police never ask her to look through the mug books as time goes by with Palica on death row. See more »

Connections

Featured in Studio One Documentary (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Introduction from "Le Coq d' Or"
Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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James Dean shines in Sentence of Death
31 July 2006 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Were it not for the fact that James Dean as the alleged accused killer was in it, Sentence of Death would probably not mean much in the history of TV entertainment. Dean is the most memorable of the performances in a story that seems to be patched from various detective movies and TV shows. As the socialite who thinks Dean is not the killer, Betsy Palmer also should be commended for the various emotions she pulls throughout the hour. If you've seen various film noir pictures, you should be able to predict what happens in the end but I definitely won't reveal here. Included with vintage Westinghouse commercials. For James Dean's performance alone, this one is definitely worth seeking out!


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