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The Story on Page One (1959)

Approved | | Drama | December 1959 (USA)
Courtroom drama about an adulterous pair who is charged with murdering the outraged husband of the cheating woman.

Director:

Clifford Odets

Writer:

Clifford Odets
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rita Hayworth ... Josephine Brown / Jo Morris
Anthony Franciosa ... Victor Santini
Gig Young ... Larry Ellis
Mildred Dunnock ... Mrs. Ellis
Hugh Griffith ... Judge Edgar Neilsen
Sanford Meisner ... Phil Stanley
Robert Burton ... District Attorney Nordeau
Alfred Ryder ... Lt. Mike Morris
Katherine Squire Katherine Squire ... Mrs. Hattie Brown
Raymond Greenleaf ... Judge Carey
Myrna Fahey ... Alice
Leo Penn Leo Penn ... Morrie Goetz
Sheridan Comerate ... Ofcr. Francis Morris
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Storyline

When Jo Morris' marriage turned sour and heartless, she found sympathy and companionship with widower Larry Ellis. After Jo's husband is accidentally killed in a struggle over a gun with Larry, the adulterous couple find themselves on trial for their lives, with their lawyers fighting the pair's reluctance to turn against each other. Written by scgary66

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cigar | gun | widower | trial | lawyer | See All (41) »

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Question of Mortality See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,748,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Jerry Wald Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Final film directed by Clifford Odets. See more »

Goofs

The California state flag behind the witness stand keeps changing. Sometimes the word "Republic" can be read, and in others it is reversed. See more »

Quotes

Victor Santini: What does that mean, "It sounded like she didn't mean it"?
Lauber: Well, you know, like a typical wife. Maybe they had a fight. Flippant. Sarcastic. She didn't mean it.
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Soundtracks

Old Black Joe
Written by Stephen Foster
Played on the piano and sung by Carol Anne Seflinger
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Great Characters, Great Dramatics
17 November 2005 | by kimbrown3See all my reviews

I finally had a chance to see this film from beginning to end. I first came across the movie one Saturday afternoon in 1997 and never knew its title. After a couple of years of searching, I gave up. Just last week, a librarian referred me to a video store in North Hollywood that had the title. Rita Hayworth is Prozac-like and convincing in her portrayal as a sensitive, yet withdrawn woman. Her husband, played by Alfred Ryder is as insensitive and abusive as they come; especially that he carries a gun. I thought Gig Young's character would have stood up to his mother, played by Mildred Dunnock, more sooner than later in life. Dunnock's, Mrs. Ellis was superbly overbearing, manipulative and snobbish. Tony Franciosis performed magnificently on cross of the character when questioning her undue and unwanted influence over her son. Once Defender Santini took his seat after questioning, one could see the flames of anger and disdain flow from his nostrils. This movie is a definite must-see for classic movie lovers. All those years were worth the wait and anticipation.


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