Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

1956, Mystery & thriller, 1h 20m

18 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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Novelist Tom Garrett (Dana Andrews) and publisher Austin Spencer (Sidney Blackmer) intend to show how lawyer Roy Thompson (Philip Bourneuf) has been using circumstantial evidence in capital punishment trials. They concoct a scheme in which flimsy evidence will point to Garrett as a murder suspect, but Spencer will exonerate him at the end. Meanwhile, they keep the plan a secret from Spencer's daughter, Susan (Joan Fontaine), who is engaged to Garrett. However, the trial doesn't go as planned.

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  • It is a film of great economy and precision (it lasts only 80 minutes), with the terrifying inevitability of Greek tragedy and a pervading sense that man is his own worst enemy.

    October 15, 2014 | Full Review…
  • What this tense thriller lacks in action is more than made for by unpredictable twists in the plot, as well as an eerie atmosphere created by the gothic looking buildings and black and white film.

    October 15, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Fritz Lang's direction does what it can to inject suspense and interest but the melodrama never really jells.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Lang's most austere film, reducing the characters to pawns arbitrarily shifted in demonstration of a fascinating theorem.

    February 3, 2007
  • Once he's raised the standard social issues, Lang destroys them all with a shatteringly nihilistic conclusion.

    February 3, 2007 | Full Review…
  • While the purpose may be exemplary, the method the gentlemen employ is highly dubious as a practical exposition. And once it is revealed to prove their point, it should certainly put them in a pickle for conspiring to subvert justice and fool the courts.

    February 3, 2007 | Full Review…
  • It is a film of great economy and precision (it lasts only 80 minutes), with the terrifying inevitability of Greek tragedy and a pervading sense that man is his own worst enemy.

    October 15, 2014 | Full Review…
  • What this tense thriller lacks in action is more than made for by unpredictable twists in the plot, as well as an eerie atmosphere created by the gothic looking buildings and black and white film.

    October 15, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Fritz Lang's direction does what it can to inject suspense and interest but the melodrama never really jells.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Lang's most austere film, reducing the characters to pawns arbitrarily shifted in demonstration of a fascinating theorem.

    February 3, 2007
  • It's a fairly ludicrous premise that is, for the most part, employed to watchable (if decidedly erratic) effect by Lang...

    May 7, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • one of the best plot twists of all time.

    November 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

  • Apr 18, 2020
    The premise of this Fritz Lang noir is commendable, a reporter sets out to prove that capital punishment is unjustifiable. But, plot lines are implausible and preposterous. Yet, this film is still worthy of a watch as the entire cast delivers.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Nov 26, 2007
    Beyond a Reasonable Doubt doesn't add up to much more than proof that Fritz Lang's best years were definitely behind him. The premise of an author setting himself up to be framed for murder to prove the fallibility of circumstantial evidence begs for something to go wrong when the only person who can prove his innocence gets killed. Lang set up the plan well enough and the whole period before the too-little-too-late twist at the end kind of dragged, but overall Beyond a Reasonable Doubt was just generally dull. Dana Andrews was just kind of there and watching Joan Fontaine in this movie was like watching off-white paint dry in a Midwestern state. If you're a hardcore Lang fan you may be able to appreciate this movie on some levels but its mostly just a big dull pile of whatever.
    Michael G Super Reviewer

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