Trial (1955)

Trial (1955)





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Adapted by Don M. Mankiewicz from his own novel, Trial is a surprisingly timely story of how justice can sometimes be compromised by "special interests". It all begins when Mexican youth Angelo Chavez (Rafael Campos) is placed on trial for the murder of a white teenaged girl. Battling the lynch-mob mentality in and out of the courtroom is relatively inexperienced defense attorney David Blake (Glenn Ford). Believing that anything done on behalf of his client is for the common good, Blake approves the organization of an "Angelo Chavez Society" to pay the boy's court costs and ostensibly see that justice is done in the face of small-town prejudice. Soon, however, Blake discovers that both he and his client are being used as dupes by a Communist lawyer, who hopes that Chavez will be found guilty and executed, thereby creating a martyr for the Red cause. Much was made in 1955 of the fact that the presiding judge is a black man, played by Juano Hernandez. A bit creaky at times, Trial nonetheless still packs a wallop when shown today.
Classics , Drama
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Dorothy McGuire
as Abbe Nyle
Glenn Ford
as David Blake
Juano Hernandez
as Judge Theodore Motley
Robert Middleton
as A.S. `Fats' Sanders
Arthur Kennedy
as Bernard 'Barney' Castle
John Hodiak
as District Attorney John J. 'Jack' Armstrong
Rafael Campos
as Angel Chavez
John Maxwell
as Benedict
Frank Cady
as Canford
Katy Jurado
as Consuela Chavez
Sheb Wooley
as Butteridge
Percy Helton
as Youval
Whit Bissell
as Sam Wiltse
Charles Evans
as Lawyer No. 1
Mitchell Lewis
as Jury Foreman
Paul Guilfoyle
as Cap Grant
Barry Kelley
as Jim Backett
David Leonard
as County Clerk
Charles Tannen
as Bailiff
Dorothy Green
as Mrs. Ackerman
Rodney Bell
as Lew Bardman
James Todd
as Minister
Mort Mills
as Reporter
Grandon Rhodes
as Terry Bliss
Richard Gaines
as Dr. Schacter
Wilson Wood
as Checker
Catherine Neilson
as Washerwoman
Robert Bice
as Abbott
Vince Townsend Jr.
as Dr. Abraham Tenfold
Frank Wilcox
as Lawyer No. 2
Ann Lee
as Gail Wiltse
Robert Forrest
as Reporter
Richard Tyler
as Johnson
Charlotte Lawrence
as Mrs. Webson
John Rosser
as Assistant District Attorney
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