The Unknown Man (1951)





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Highly respected defense attorney Dwight Bradley Mason (Walter Pidgeon) is able to clear young Rudi Wallchek (Keefe Brasselle) of a murder rap. When it's all over, however, Rudi lets slip a careless comment which leads Mason to believe that his client was guilty after all. Using the evidence at hand, the attorney retraces his steps, only to discover that one of the town's leading citizens is a criminal mastermind. The solution to this ethical dilemma is straight out of the "postman always rings twice" school of crime fiction. Even after justice has been served, however, Mason's conscience dictates that everyone responsible for all previous legal miscarriages be punished -- including himself!
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Walter Pidgeon
as Dwight Bradley 'Brad' Mason
Ann Harding
as Stella Mason
Barry Sullivan
as DA Joe Bucknor
Keefe Brasselle
as Rudi Wallchek
Lewis Stone
as Judge Hulbrook
Eduard Franz
as Andrew Jason Layford
Richard Anderson
as Bob Mason
Dawn Addams
as Ellie Fansworth
Philip Ober
as Wayne Kellwin
Mari Blanchard
as Sally Tever
Konstantin Shayne
as Peter Hulderman
Don Beddoe
as Fingerprint Man
Holmes Herbert
as Rev. Michael
Jean Andren
as Secretary
Richard Hale
as Eddie Caraway
Jeff York
as Guard
John Maxwell
as Dr. Palmer
Rush Williams
as Deliveryman
John K. Butler
as Reporter
Harry Hines
as Reporter
Ronald Brogan
as Reporter
Robert E. Scott
as Reporter
Robert Griffin
as Reporter
Frank Gerstle
as Reporter
Jimmie Dodd
as Reporter
Larry Carr
as Reporter
Eric Sinclair
as Reporter
King Donovan
as Photographer
Frank J. Scannell
as Photographer
Katherine Meskill
as Telephone Operator
Phil Tead
as Attendant
Dabbs Greer
as Driver
Brad Hatton
as Plainclothesman
Richard Karlan
as Lieutenant
Bradford Hatton
as Plainclothesman
Robert Foulk
as Sergeant
Emmett Vogan
as Court Clerk
Paul Kruger
as Prison Guard
Jack Gargan
as Male Secretary
Fred Rapport
as Butler
Monya Andre
as Guest
Mae Clarke
as Stella's Friend
Estelle Etterre
as Saleswoman
Fred Aldrich
as Bailiff
Harte Wayne
as Court Clerk
Tay Dunne
as Court Reporter
Harry Cody
as Detective
Frank Pershing
as Foreman of Jury
John Alvin
as Photographer
Jack Shea
as Sash
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Critic Reviews for The Unknown Man

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A contrived morality lesson.

Full Review… | March 7, 2005
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Audience Reviews for The Unknown Man


Pretty good courtroom drama with an interesting twist. Walter Pidgeon (he of the fabulous authoritative voice from Forbidden Planet) is great as the naive civil attorney whose innocence is spoiled when he takes on a criminal case. The film is noir only by the broadest of definitions, but it's a good watch anyway.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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