Glenn Ford
Director: Mark Robson Cast: Glenn Ford
Glenn Ford
, Dorothy McGuire
Dorothy McGuire
, Arthur Kennedy
Arthur Kennedy
Mark Robson


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Adapted by Don M. Mankiewicz from his own novel, Trial is a surprisingly timely story of how justice can sometimes be compromised by "special interests." It all begins when Mexican youth Angelo Chavez (Rafael Campos) is placed on trial for the murder of a white teenaged girl. Battling the lynch-mob mentality in and out of the courtroom is relatively inexperienced defense attorney David Blake (Glenn Ford). Believing that anything done on behalf of his client is for the common good, Blake approves the organization of an "Angelo Chavez Society" to pay the boy's court costs and ostensibly see that justice is done in the face of small-town prejudice. Soon, however, Blake discovers that both he and his client are being used as dupes by a Communist lawyer, who hopes that Chavez will be found guilty and executed, thereby creating a martyr for the Red cause. Much was made in 1955 of the fact that the presiding judge is a black man, played by Juano Hernandez. A bit creaky at times, Trial nonetheless still packs a wallop when shown today.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/29/2014
UPC: 0888574055783
Original Release: 1955
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:49:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Glenn Ford David Blake
Dorothy McGuire Abbe Nyle
Arthur Kennedy Barney Castle
John Hodiak John J. Armstrong
Katy Jurado Consuela Chavez
Rafael Campos Angel Chavez
Juano Hernandez Judge Theodore Motley
Catherine Neilson Washerwoman
Robert Middleton A.S. "Fats" Sanders
John Lyons Actor
Rodney Bell Lew Bardman
Robert Bice Abbott
Whit Bissell Sam Wiltse
Frank Cady Canford
Elisha Cook Finn
Michael Dugan Pine
Charles Evans Lawyer No. 1
Frank Ferguson Kiley
Robert Forrest Actor
Richard Gaines Dr. Schacter
Everett Glass Dean
Dorothy Green Mrs. Ackerman
Paul Guilfoyle Cap Grant
Percy Helton Youval
John Hoyt Ralph Castillo
Barry Kelley Jim Backett
David Leonard County Clerk
Mitchell Lewis Jury Foreman
John Maxwell Benedict
Mort Mills Reporter
Grandon Rhodes Terry Bliss
Charles Tannen Bailiff
James Todd Minister
Vince Townsend Dr. Abraham Tenfold
Richard Tyler Johnson
Frank Wilcox Lawyer No. 2
Wilson Wood Checker
Sheb Wooley Butteridge
Ann Lee Gail Wiltse
John Rosser Assistant District Attorney
Charlotte Lawrence Mrs. Webson

Technical Credits
Mark Robson Director
Albert Akst Editor
Daniele Amfitheatrof Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Randall Duell Art Director
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Fred MacLean Set Decoration/Design
Don M. Mankiewicz Screenwriter
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Charles Schnee Producer
Robert Surtees Cinematographer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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