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A Fever in the Blood (1961)

Approved | | Drama | 28 January 1961 (USA)
The murder of a socialite leads to a sensational trial, with a close governor's race hanging on its outcome.

Director:

Vincent Sherman
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Cast

Cast overview:
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Judge Leland Hoffman
Angie Dickinson ... Cathy Simon
Jack Kelly ... Dan Callahan
Don Ameche ... Senator Alex S. Simon
Ray Danton ... Attorney Clem Marker
Herbert Marshall ... Governor Oliver P. Thornwall
Andra Martin ... Laura Mayberry
Jesse White ... Police Sgt. Michael 'Mickey' Beers
Rhodes Reason ... Walter Thornwall
Robert Colbert ... Thomas J. Morely
Carroll O'Connor ... Matt Keenan
Parley Baer ... Charles 'Charlie' Bosworth
Saundra Edwards ... Lucy Callahan
June Blair ... Paula Thornwall
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Storyline

A district attorney, a US Senator, and a Superior Court judge are all possible candidates for governor. All three meet in official or unofficial ways when a socialite is found murdered and her estranged husband, nephew of a former governor, stands accused. Written by Terry A. Hurlbut

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rivalen um die Macht See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Although the name of the city is seen as "Captial City" on a street sign, Sgt. Beers' unmarked police car bears the seal of the city of Los Angeles. See more »

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When Matt takes a phone call in Leland's apartment, the phone on the table is turned about 90 degrees between shots - and so is Cathy's picture. See more »

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Senator Alex S. Simon: I'm only allowed a minute. So I will try to change the habit of a lifetime, and be brief. I wanted you to hear this, Lee. Itchy, tell the reporters that what Judge Hoffman said about me, and the mistrial motion, was true - from his point of view.
Judge Leland Hoffman: Thank you, Alex.
Senator Alex S. Simon: Politicians aren't perfect, Lee. Any more than the people they serve. If they were, it wouldn't be democracy; it would be something else. Sometimes we even have to play a little dirty for the ultimate good. That's why I want all the ...
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A Nice Little Package Of A Movie
11 June 2006 | by telegonusSee all my reviews

A Fever In the Blood is a nice little package of a movie, and I don't mean this is a negative or condescending way. It has fairly low ambitions and achieves them nicely. It's a product of the tail end of the studio system, and was directed by the very able Vincent Sherman. The plot concerns political intrigue in contemporary (as of 1961) California. I saw the movie so long ago don't remember the details well but do remember being impressed by the performances, much stronger than I expected from such actors as Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Jack Kelly and Don Ameche. The ending was both predictable and highly satisfying. I recommend the film to those who want to see what studio film-making looked like when the studios were on their last legs, and for those curious about Hollywood's take on the American political system in the early, still optimistic sixties. There were a lot of much bigger and more ambitious films from the same time that are much better known--Advise and Consent and The Best Man come to mind--but A Fever In the Blood can hold its own in its modest way, especially as entertainment. It's not as thought-provoking as the bigger, more prestigious films from the same era but it has a retro charm all its own is easy to watch and plays fair with the viewer.


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