Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)


“[to Spencer] It’s a weird, crazy idea, but that’s the reason it intrigues me.” – Tom Garrett

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Mar 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A novelist and his future father in law conspire to root out corruption in the justice system by framing himself for a murder and then proving the flaws in the system.

My Take on it – Great premise that works really well.

The fact that this idea was first put forth 65 years ago says so much about the impact that it can have.

The story plays out really well and is filled with some very thrilling twists and turns along the way that raise the stakes over and over.

Dana Andrews is a great choice for the lead role and he helps keep things so engaging throughout.

The supporting cast is also quite powerful with Joan Fontaine as Andrews’ fiance and Sidney Blackmer as her father.

The famed director Fritz Lang directed this and it would be the final American film of his career.

The film’s runtime is slightly under 90 minutes and there are no instances where the story drags along and is able to stay suspenseful and thrilling from start to finish.

The fact that such an idea can be brought to life without the need for special effects or modern technology is great and helps make the story work even better because it comes across as being quite realistic the whole way through.

Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Final American film made by Fritz Lang before returning to Germany. It was a box-office failure. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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