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Trial (1955)

Passed | | Drama | 7 October 1955 (USA)
Courtroom drama set in 1947 and underlying post-WW2 acute problems facing the USA such as stormy race relations and the growing threat of local communism.

Director:

Mark Robson

Writers:

Don Mankiewicz (as Don M. Mankiewicz), Don Mankiewicz (novel) (as Don M. Mankiewicz)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Glenn Ford ... David Blake
Dorothy McGuire ... Abbe Nyle
Arthur Kennedy ... Barney Castle
John Hodiak ... District Attorney John J. Armstrong
Katy Jurado ... Consuela Chavez
Rafael Campos ... Angel Chavez
Juano Hernandez ... Judge Theodore Motley
Robert Middleton ... A.A. 'Fats' Sanders
John Hoyt ... Ralph Castillo
Paul Guilfoyle ... Cap Grant
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Finn (as Elisha Cook)
Ann Lee Ann Lee ... Gail Wiltse
Whit Bissell ... Sam Wiltse
Richard Gaines ... Dr. Johannes Schacter
Barry Kelley ... Jim Brackett
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Storyline

The story of a murder trial where a Mexican boy is accused of the death of a Caucasian girl. The two-faced attorney (Arthur Kennedy) who takes the boy's case is only interested in defending him so he can exploit his Communist-backed organization for their own underhanded purposes. He and his organization bring in an idealistic law professor (Glenn Ford) who agrees to represent the boy in court. Written by alfiehitchie

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Tense! Timely! Thrilling! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

7 October 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Trial See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,341,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Inscription on David Blake's cigarette lighter: "UBI INJURIA, IBI REMEDIUM" - Where there's a wrong, there's a remedy. See more »

Goofs

After ordering David to put Angel on the stand following their argument in his office, Barney walks out, leaving Abbe and David alone. Abbe turns to David and says, "Oh, Barney, there's a new world coming", when she certainly meant to say "David". See more »

Quotes

David Blake: You agree with Barney, don't you? I'll win because I have such an honest, confused face the jury's gonna feel sorry for me.
Abbe Nyle: No.
David Blake: Yes.
Abbe Nyle: Because you believe in Angel, and in this...
[looks down at his cigarette lighter, which has an inscription in Latin]
Abbe Nyle: "UBI INJURIA, IBI REMEDIUM" - Where there's a wrong, there's a remedy. You really do believe in that, don't you?
David Blake: Sure I believe in it. I couldn't teach...
[corrects himself]
David Blake: I couldn't practice law if I didn't.
Abbe Nyle: Lawyers hang it on their office walls ...
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Alternate Versions

Also shown in computer colorized version. See more »

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Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.3 (1955) See more »

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A film that isn't what you think it is
15 June 2010 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Trial," released in 1955 and directed by Mark Robson, starts out quite typically. A Hispanic young man (Rafael Campos) is accused of assaulting and murdering a 15-year-old girl. There is all of the accompanying town prejudice.

A law professor, David Blake (Glenn Ford) who needs trial experience in order to keep his job is taken on by attorney Barney Castle (Arthur Kennedy) and assigned the case. Though Blake's instincts go against Castle's orders, his insecurity kicks in and he conducts the pre-trial procedures the way that Barney wants them, little realizing that Barney has a very hidden agenda.

This interesting film was done at the height of the Red Scare. It's very well-acted if disconcerting - only because there is no hint at the beginning as to where this film is going to lead. Dorothy McGuire plays Castle's assistant and ex-girlfriend who falls for Blake, and Katy Jurado plays the boy's easily influenced mother. Someone else mentioned the black actor, Brazilian-born Juano Hernandez, who plays the judge. A former Broadway actor, Hernandez gives a marvelous performance and is inspired casting. Sadly, all of these actors -- Ford, McGuire, Kennedy, Campos, Hernandez, Jurado, John Hodiak (who plays the prosecutor) and Ray Middleton (the sheriff) are gone now.

Well worth watching.


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