Beyond A Reasonable Doubt

Beyond A Reasonable Doubt

DVD - 2010
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Guilty - beyond a reasonable doubt - such is the incontrovertible law which pardons the innocent and condemns the guilty. But just how fallible is the process of law? To what extent can deceit, prejudice and the cruel powers of fate intervene to set a murderer free, or send an innocent man to the electric chair ...
Crusading publisher Austin Spenser wants to prove a point about the insufficiency of circumstantial evidence. Spencer talks his prospective son-in-law Tom Garrett into participating in a hoax, the better to expose the alleged ineptitude of conviction-happy DA. Tom will plant clues indicating that he is the murderer of a nightclub dancer, then stand trial for murder; just as the jury reaches its inevitable guilty verdict, Spencer will step forth to reveal the set-up and humiliate the DA. Somewhat surprisingly, Tom eagerly agrees to this subterfuge. Unfortunately, an unforeseen event renders their perfectly formed scheme useless.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Turner Entertainment Co. : Warner Bros. Entertainment : Warner Home Video, 2010
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (81 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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7duffy Aug 30, 2014

Decent, but predictable (by today's standards) story, however, the ending makes the movie. Entertaining noir, but not top shelf.

Apr 25, 2014

Keep in mind it was made in 1956 or so. I didn't care for Andrews or Fontaine at all and feel with better casting the film would've been better. It also fell short in the run time department - a little over an hour long. I thought the twist was great and didn't see it coming.

Feb 17, 2014

Like an extended episode of Perry Mason. The reliably great Joan Fontaine and Dana Andrews do their best to make this watchable, but it offers almost no character development while being painfully formulaic and bereft of style. It's hard to believe this is the same film-maker behind bold, extravagant pictures like Metropolis & The Big Heat.

kurasawa1 Aug 24, 2012

Culturally very old fashioned - maybe it will look better in a hundred years


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