Trial (1955)


“I learned a long time ago that when someone says ‘decide right now’ that that’s the time to take your time.” – David Blake

Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Jul 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A law Professor who needs to gain courtroom experience takes on a case of a young boy accused of murdering a young girl.

My Take on it – This is yet another film that I knew nearly nothing about before seeing it.

The premise is quite interesting and I liked the way that they wanted to contrast practical and theoretical law in a very clever manner.

The courtroom scenes work really well especially since it is constantly multilayered which keeps things intriguing and engaging the entire time.

Once again, here is a film that was required to stick to close standards of the industry at the time yet needed to try and deal with situations not usually discussed in public at the time. This is helped by very creative screenwriting which keeps things as informative as was allowed at the time.

The added choice to use political ideas in this film works really well especially based on when it takes place because it allows us to try and get a better understanding of what kind of world people lived in back then and how it would be plausibly possible for someone to get political ideas that go against the norm.

The cast of this film is superb with Glenn Ford, Dorothy Maguire and Arthur Kennedy all giving stellar performances. Kennedy even managed to deservingly get an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for this role.

Bottom Line – Really enjoyable courtroom drama that is quite multilayered.  The fact that they need to deal with certain situations that could not be discussed at the time makes for an even more creative kind of script which works really well. The added political ideas added to the storyline help outline the kind of world that people were living in at the time and despite the fact that many disagreed with such ideas,  they give a plausible explanation as to how things like that can happen. The cast is superb with Ford, Kennedy and McGuire all giving stellar performances. Kennedy was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars for his role. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to contemporary newspaper articles, the rally scene was shot at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles over three days and used 2,000 extras – 750 of which were students from the nearby University of Southern California. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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