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The Rack (1956)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 2 November 1956 (USA)
A decorated Korean War hero inexplicably collaborates with the enemy while interred in a POW camp and is court-martialed.

Director:

Arnold Laven

Writers:

Stewart Stern (screenplay), Rod Serling (teleplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Newman ... Capt. Edward Worthington Hall, Jr.
Wendell Corey ... Maj. Sam Moulton
Walter Pidgeon ... Col. Edward W. Hall, Sr.
Edmond O'Brien ... Lt. Col. Frank Wasnick
Anne Francis ... Aggie Hall
Lee Marvin ... Capt. John R. Miller
Cloris Leachman ... Caroline
Robert Burton ... Col. Ira Hansen
Robert F. Simon ... Law Officer (as Robert Simon)
Trevor Bardette ... Court President
Adam Williams ... Sgt. Otto Pahnke
James Best ... Millard Chilson Cassidy
Fay Roope Fay Roope ... Col. Dudley Smith
Barry Atwater ... Maj. Byron Phillips
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Storyline

Captain Edward Hall returns to the USA after two years in a prison camp in the Korean war. In the camp he was brainwashed and helped the Chinese convince the other prisoners that they were fighting an unjust war. When he comes back he is charged for collaboration with the enemy. Where does loyalty end in a prison camp, when the camp is a living hell? Written by Mattias Thuresson

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All the drama, the suspense, the power of "The Caine Mutiny"! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$779,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Oscar winning Art Director Cedric Gibbons' last feature film. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the film, Col. Hall, Sr., take a drink of water and then puts the paper cup down on the water cooler cabinet. In the next shot, as he is walking away, the paper cup is gone. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Sam Moulton: [Addressing the jury, presenting the closing arguments for the prosecution] Gentlemen, in answer to Col Wasnick's moving plea, I should like to say that, while in some instances society may seem to be responsible for an individual criminal and his crime, this does not release society of the further responsibility of bringing the criminal to justice. For to collaborate with the enemy in time of war is a crime. It does to a country exactly what murder does to an individual. The defense has only ...
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Connections

References The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

The Last Time I Saw Paris
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Music by Jerome Kern
Hummed by Walter Pidgeon
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rarely seen film that's well above average
7 January 2003 | by rupieSee all my reviews

Caught this rarity on TCM. Much heavy duty talent is involved in this production - Rod Serling as writer, and the acting talents of Paul Newman (his second screen appearance), Edmund O'Brien, Walter Pigeon, and Anne Francis, with bits by Lee Marvin and Chloris Leachman, even! The effort must be marked as a success, with an even-handed treatment of the issue of "breaking point" in a war when the Koreans openly sought to crush their POW's thru "brainwashing", a term that came into currency at that particular time. The cut and dried atmosphere of the courtroom proceedings are balanced by portrayals of the personal effects of the tragedy on the principals, especially the searing scenes between Newman/Hall and his father. A thoughtful film dealing with a major issue of the day, that is well worth seeing.


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