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The Story on Page One (1959)

Approved | | Drama | December 1959 (USA)
Courtroom drama about an adulterous pair who is charged with murdering the outraged husband of the cheating woman.

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Clifford Odets

Writer:

Clifford Odets
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rita Hayworth ... Josephine Brown / Jo Morris
Anthony Franciosa ... Victor Santini
Gig Young ... Larry Ellis
Mildred Dunnock ... Mrs. Ellis
Hugh Griffith ... Judge Edgar Neilsen
Sanford Meisner ... Phil Stanley
Robert Burton ... District Attorney Nordeau
Alfred Ryder ... Lt. Mike Morris
Katherine Squire Katherine Squire ... Mrs. Hattie Brown
Raymond Greenleaf ... Judge Carey
Myrna Fahey ... Alice
Leo Penn Leo Penn ... Morrie Goetz
Sheridan Comerate ... Ofcr. Francis Morris
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Storyline

When Jo Morris' marriage turned sour and heartless, she found sympathy and companionship with widower Larry Ellis. After Jo's husband is accidentally killed in a struggle over a gun with Larry, the adulterous couple find themselves on trial for their lives, with their lawyers fighting the pair's reluctance to turn against each other. Written by scgary66

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cigar | gun | widower | trial | lawyer | See All (41) »

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Did Their Relationship Have To Lead To Murder? See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Question of Mortality See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,748,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Jerry Wald Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Virginia Carroll. See more »

Goofs

The California state flag behind the witness stand keeps changing. Sometimes the word "Republic" can be read, and in others it is reversed. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Hattie Brown: The law says she's innocent - innocent until proven guilty!
Victor Santini: Excuse me, that's the fine theory of it. But, the law is what I told you, Mrs. Brown. not what you see in TV shows.
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Soundtracks

Old Black Joe
Written by Stephen Foster
Played on the piano and sung by Carol Anne Seflinger
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Fine Trial Movie
5 April 2013 | by kkmg2234See all my reviews

As a long time criminal/civil trial lawyer, I think most films/TV shows about trials are pretty bad. I thought this one was was good in that the trial procedures, in particular the direct and cross examinations of the witnesses, were highly realistic (as they are in the better known " Anatomy of a Murder"). Sanford Meisner's cross examination of Gig Young was very well done as was Franciosa's of Young's meddling mother. Hugh Griffith also did a good job as the judge. The police and prosecution were not portrayed in a very favorable light which was unusual during that era. I'm surprised that it's not out on DVD as yet. I caught it on FMC when that station was still running good movies. This film gives a far better picture of a trial than those in most TV shows which tend to show actors making speeches for the jury.


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