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Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)

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A newspaper publisher convinces a writer to falsely produce circumstantial evidence in a murder investigation to incriminate himself, thus proving that such evidence is useless. His evidence is so convincing that he is unable to prove his innocence.

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Cast

Dana Andrews
as Tom Garrett
Joan Fontaine
as Susan Spencer
Sidney Blackmer
as Austin Spencer
Philip Bourneuf
as Roy Thompson
Arthur Franz
as Bob Hale
Shepperd Strudwick
as Jonathan Wilson
Edward Binns
as Lt. Kennedy
Robin Raymond
as Terry Larue
Barbara Nichols
as Dolly Moore
William Leicester
as Charlie Miller
Joyce Taylor
as Joan Williams
Carleton Young
as Allan Kirk
Trudy Wroe
as Hat Check Girl
Joe Kirk
as Clerk
Charles Evans
as Governor
Wendell Niles
as Announcer
Larry Barton
as Customer
Carl Sklover
as Taxi Driver;Photographer
Jeffrey Sayre
as Foreman of Jury
Eric Wilton
as Clergyman
Benny Burt
as Reporter
Myron Cook
as Reporter
Ralph Volkie
as Photographer
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Critic Reviews for Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

Fritz Lang's direction does what it can to inject suspense and interest but the melodrama never really jells.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

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

February 3, 2007 | Full Review…

Lang's most austere film, reducing the characters to pawns arbitrarily shifted in demonstration of a fascinating theorem.

February 3, 2007
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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…

Fritz Lang's last American movie is an edgy study in moral ambiguity.

October 15, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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Very clever film.

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

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½

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 Gildea
Michael Gildea

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