In 1960 Germany, Army lawyer Major Steve Garrett is assigned to defend four American soldiers charged with raping 16 year-old Karin Steinhof. She was swimming in a nearby river when the four of them came across her and they were soon arrested thereafter. Maj. Garrett is anything but impressed with his clients but his job is to give them the best defense possible. He tries to obtain a plea bargain but Karin's father flatly refuses and the prosecutor, Colonel Jerome Pakenham, is seeking the death penalty. In order for the death penalty to be applied, the defense attorney must have the opportunity to thoroughly examine the victim under oath. He sympathizes with Karin and does his best to convince Karin father to keep her from testifying. When he refuses, Garrett is left will little choice but to attack her on the stand.
The Story of What Four Men Did To a Girl... And What the Town Did To Them!
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Pro-Communist Dalton Trumbo (from his autobiography) helped out Kirk Douglas by contributing to the script. See more
At the end of the rape scene, Cpl Scott is third to leave. He stands against the tree while telling Jim Larkin to hurry up, and we see his shadow fall strongly on the tree, away from the river. As Scott walks away, we see his shadow primarily fall on the ground the other way, toward the river, and a slighter shadow falling away from the river, revealing the multiple light sources. See more
Maj. Steve Garrett
Don't try to prove you're a man to me. Prove it to the girl. Don't you know she loves you? Take her and leave this town, as quick as you can, and never come back!
Referenced in Newhart: Town Without Pity
Town Without Pity
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by Gene Pitney See more