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The Tattered Dress (1957)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1957 (Argentina)
When top lawyer James Blane gets an acquittal for a man who killed another man for sexually roughing up his trophy wife, the murderous town sheriff frames him for bribing a juror in the case.

Director:

Jack Arnold
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Chandler ... James Gordon Blane
Jeanne Crain ... Diane Blane
Jack Carson ... Sheriff Nick Hoak
Gail Russell ... Carol Morrow
Elaine Stewart ... Charleen Reston
George Tobias ... Billy Giles
Edward Andrews ... Lester Rawlings
Phillip Reed ... Michael Reston
Edward Platt ... Ralph Adams - Reporter (as Edward C. Platt)
Paul Birch ... Prosecutor Frank Mitchell
Alexander Lockwood Alexander Lockwood ... Paul Vernon
Edwin Jerome Edwin Jerome ... Judge David L. Johnson
William Schallert ... Court Clerk
June McCall ... Girl at Slot Machine
Frank J. Scannell Frank J. Scannell ... Cal Morrison - Blackjack Dealer (as Frank Scannell)
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After a wild night, wealthy Michael Reston's adulterous wife Charleen comes home with her ripe young body barely concealed by a dress in rags; murder results. Top defense lawyer J.G. Blane, whose own marriage exists in name only, arrives in Desert View, Nevada to find the townsfolk and politically powerful Sheriff Hoak distinctly hostile to the Restons. In due course, Blane discovers he's been "taken for a ride," and that quiet desert communities can be deadly... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The story of The Tattered Dress ... that exposed a town's hidden evil !

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1957 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

El vestido roto See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Film debut of Dick Wilson. See more »

Quotes

James Gordon Blane: What's on your mind?
Charleen Reston: You.
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Lurid but dreary, a cheap 50's paperback come to life
1 March 2001 | by Sleepy-17See all my reviews

The first 20 minutes are quite vivid and garish, and Elaine Stewart is lovely and electrifying as the well-married tramp. Later it bogs down in pompous courtroom scenes that magnify Jeff Chandler's tendency toward two-note delivery. Note: The review in TV Guide slams Jack Arnold, implying that he's a poor director and that the "Incredible Shrinking Man" was a poorly-directed film. (!?!) Hey! Please study your film history! Take it from someone who thinks that 50's pop culture is important, that it is reflected in almost everything we think, do, and watch today, from the cars that we drive to the presidents that we elect! Jack Arnold was a master, and the films (and TV shows) that he directed have been a major influence.


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