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- kevin sellers
It's aptly titled 'cause it's a trial to watch this not very exciting combination of bland courtroom drama and anti communist polemic. It's also really depressing to see fine actors like Arthur Kennedy, Glenn Ford, Dorothy McGuire and Katy Jurado saddled with Don Mankiewicz's crappy dialogue. (Guess he was the black sheep of the family, writing wise) About the only good thing was Juano Hernandez as a judge. Wish he were in the movie, more. Give it a C minus.
I've looked for this movie for 50 years.
- Kathleen Hoyt
I saw TRIAL at the local movie theater in my farm community home town in 1955. I was in 8th grade. It made such a strong impression on me. This movie made me acutely aware of social injustices that the adults around me were not even aware of. And, OH! I had a crush on Rafael Campos! Thank you TCM. Kathleen Hoyt
- JP Pestana
This film was released in 1955. Rosa Parks was arrested December 1, 1955. In a historical context outside the film's Communist overlay, seeing Juano Hernandez, a Puerto Rican portraying a "Negro" judge has significant weight beyond his role and fine, dignified performance. It seems a milestone of sorts with the theme of bias and prejudice and the arguable coincident trigger of the Civil Rights movement. I have seen Trial before, but I do not think I ever considered Hernandez's place in time.
- Cheryl Thompson
Wow, this movie had me very intersested right from the start.It is one of those movies where you know everything is corrupt and you know the honest people have to struggle to do what's right and not give up.It tackled many issues relevant in the 50's.I had never heard of this movie before and I recommend it highly.It ranks up there with other famous court movies.Glenn Ford and Juano Hernandez were excellent.
Where Has This Movie Been?
- Andy Moursund
While the ending of this movie was probably just a bit too heartwarming to ring true to the real American Southwest of 1950, the multiple issues it dealt with and the scrupulously honest way it presented them make this a trial movie that ranks right up there among the best. Of the many hundreds of new discoveries I find on TCM each year, this may have been the most noteworthy one to date. As usual, Glenn Ford is an actor's actor, and Juano Hernandez brings the same force of character to the judge's part that he did to Lucas Beauchamp in Intruder In The Dust. I couldn't recommend a movie more strongly.
Explosive Courtroom Drama
- Bruce Reber
"Trial" takes on issues that were very controversial for a 50's film; racism, bigotry and probably the most controversial for the time, Communists and Red-baiting. A top-notch cast gives powerful performances in a story about a Mexican-American youth falsely accused of sexually assaulting and murdering a white girl in a small California town, the sensationalism it causes, the lawyer defending the youth becoming an unwitting stooge for the Communists, and his redemption when at the end he is able to save the youth from execution.I have only seen "Trial" about 5 times, but I rate it in a class with "Anatomy Of A Murder", "Inherit The Wind", "Witness For The Prosecution" and other great courtroom dramas. Please show it more often TCM, and also put it on DVD ASAP!
need to get copy of this genius movie
loved this movie havent seen it in quite a while
trial 1955 john glenn
- jack schwartz
best version of a very good script john glenn was superb