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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.
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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RKO Pictures

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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
Dan Seymour
as Greco
Rusty Lane
as Judge
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
Dorothy Ford
as Blonde
Larry Barton
as Customer
Carl Sklover
as Taxi Driver;Photographer
Baynes Barron
as Higgens
Jeffrey Sayre
as Foreman of Jury
Eric Wilton
as Clergyman
Harry Strang
as Warden
Benny Burt
as Reporter
Myron Cook
as Reporter
Ralph Volkie
as Photographer
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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.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | February 3, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

February 3, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 3, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 15, 2014

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

Full Review… | October 15, 2014
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Audience Reviews for Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

A new prisoner on death row can't have visitors the first week. A novelist and his fiancée's father get into a heated debate about capital punishment. They come up with an exotic plan to frame the novelist for murder in an effort to show that capital punishment is worth it. Unfortunately, half way through the process the father dies while the novelist is behind bars. How can the novelist get out of this predicament? "The idea began to intrigue me." Fritz Lang, director of M, Metropolis, Fury, Woman in the Moon, Western Union, Ministry of Fear, House by the River, Clash by Night, and The Big Heat, delivers Beyond a Reasonable Doubt. The storyline for this picture is interesting and has some clever twists and directions. The acting is very good and includes Dana Andrews, Joan Fontaine, Sidney Blackmer, Edward Binns, and Barbara Nichols. "You've been neglecting me so I want to show you what you've been missing." I came across this on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and thought it would be an interesting Dana Andrews film to watch. It was interesting and well executed. I enjoyed the conclusion and direction and think this is worth a viewing. "My daughter has expensive taste." Grade: B

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Very clever film.

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

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I enjoyed this, and the things that they threw in to mix up the plot, as well as the ending. That was not what I had expected.

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