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Circumstantial Evidence

Circumstantial Evidence

Michael O'Shea
Director: John Francis Larkin Cast: Michael O'Shea
Michael O'Shea
, Lloyd Nolan
Lloyd Nolan
, Trudy Marshall
Trudy Marshall
John Francis Larkin


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Circumstantial Evidence is so expertly acted and directed that the audience is willing to forget its gaping logic holes. Pugnacious family man Joe Reynolds (Milo O'Shea), blowing his top as usual, threatens violence to an unlikeable storekeeper (Ben Welden). When the latter is killed, Joe is arrested for murder. Thanks to circumstantial evidence and faulty eyewitness accounts, Joe is sentenced to death in what seems to be a matter of days-and never mind that the defense attorney hasn't the presence of mind to enter medical testimony into the record. While awaiting his fate on death row (one of the nicest, most inviting death rows in cinema history), Joe is regularly visited by his young son Pat (Billy Cummings), who has always believed in his dad's innocence. For Pat's sake, Joe escapes from prison on the eve of his execution. Meanwhile Pat and a family friend, postman Sam Lord (Lloyd Nolan), have sought out the eyewitnesses whose testimony cinched Joe's conviction; with a little gentle persuasion, the witnesses probe their memories and realize that they were mistaken, and that the victim's death was accidental. Armed with this new evidence, Pat and Sam convince Joe to break back into jail so that his release can be secured through the proper channels.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/29/2013
UPC: 0024543892885
Original Release: 1945
Source: Fox Mod
Time: 1:07:00
Sales rank: 68,953

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael O'Shea Joe Reynolds
Lloyd Nolan Sam Lord
Trudy Marshall Agnes Hannon
Billy Cummings Pat
Ruth Ford Mrs. Simms
Reed Hadley Prosecutor
Roy Roberts Marty Harmon
Byron Foulger Bolger
Dorothy Adams Bolger's wife
John Eldredge Judge White
Eddie Marr Mike
Selmar Jackson Warden
William B. Davidson Chairman
John Hamilton Governor Hanlon
Scotty Beckett Freddy Hanlon
Ralph Dunn Cleary
William Frambes Pete
Thomas E. Jackson Detective
Ray Teal Policeman
Ben Welden Kenny
Lynn Whitney Kate Lord

Technical Credits
John Francis Larkin Director
David Buttolph Score Composer
Norman Colbert Editor
Sam G. Duncan Original Story
William Girard Producer
Harry Jackson Cinematographer
Robert Metzler Screenwriter
Emil Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Samuel Ornitz Screenwriter

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