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Engrossing Court Room Drama
A superior movie. In black and white as it should be, an evil bad guy, in between 'victims' superior performance by James Gregory and extremely well presented court room activity. Enjoy.
twilight of honor (correction)
- kevin sellers
Oops. Ah messed up. Pat Buttram was Gene Autry's pal, not Roy Rogers'. Hell, at least give me credit for knowing the guy was a western sidekick, for cryin out loud. Sorry about the mistake.
twilight of honor
- kevin sellers
"Anatomy Of A Murder" with a lobotomy. Same plot (hot tempered, jealous husband shoots trampy wife's lover when he sees them "doing it") but with none of the acting, writing or directorial talent of "Anatomy," with the exception, of course, of Claude Raines, whose penultimate film this was. (The guy chose this and "Greatest Story Ever Told" to be his swan song; obviously he shoulda gone out with "Lawrence Of Arabia," where he was very good as the smarmy diplomat, Dryden) I will say, however, that there are some good performances lost amid the rubble. Jeanette Nolan is very good as the not so grieving widow, James Gregory is in his element playing a morally challenged, politically ambitious special prosecutor, and who knew that Pat Buttram, Roy Rogers' old sidekick, would be just about perfect as a sexually impotent, New Mexican businessman? Give it a C plus.
if you watch this movie you might think it well crafted with some fine actors...but...once chaMberlain VIOLATES HIS OATH AS AN ATTORNEY TO DEFEND HIS CLIENT TO THE BEST OF HIS ABILITY...THE MOVIE HAS ceased to be of any value.
Keeps Your Interest
- Teddy Kaye
The directing kept my interest. The story unfolds in an interesting way. Fades from witnesses recalling the events to visuals of the events are quite creative. But most of the witnesses are flat out lying. So you know the defendant, Nick Adams, is not guilty. Will he be found guilty? The movie's weakness is the ending. It's not particularly satisfying. So while I enjoyed the story, I'm not sure if I would watch it a second time. The star, Richard Chamberlain, is very good in his role as the defense attorney. He's likable and quite handsome. His scenes with Joan Blackman, his possible love interest, are very appealing; perhaps the best part of the movie. So sit back and enjoy a good courtroom drama, once.
Joey Heatherton? Seriously?
- Bob Eckert
I was galled to see Claude Rains cast in the same film as Joey ("Yes, they are real, but my brain is plastic") Heatherton. What was he thinking? Did he need the money that badly? Richard Chamberlain and Nick Adams I can see as up and comers of the time (both were gay, but closeted, sadly) with actual talent but J.H. must have had a sugar daddy in the business get her into this gig. Yeeech. A sad ending for the uber-actor, Claude Rains, whey didn't Bette Davis call him up tell him to get a grip.
Last of Claude's Great Pictures
Watched after hearing Mr Chamberlain's tribute to Claude Rains.What great actors,both men.A well-worth picture to look at,Rains sly as ever,still had that look of mischief in his eyes.
The real value in this film is Al Dewlan, the writer of the original novel. Dewlan is a great storyteller who knows how to develop character and storyline. Haven't been able to find a way to view this film . . . but I'll keep looking. The one other Dewlan movie, Ride Beyond Vengeance (from Dewlan's book, Night of the Tiger) was not particularly well done, but it followed Dewlan's story precisely, which gives it some value. I'd like to see how Twilight of Honor was done.
Dawn of Greatness
- Paul Conrad Jackson
Twilight of Honor is a superb piece of courtroom drama. Reminds me somewhat of James Stewart's Anatomy of a Murder. This Richard Chamberlain movie is beautifully photographed - glad it is black and white and not color and the flashbacks neatly done to pull the yarn together. James Gregory is a fine character actor, and Claude Rains, now sadly looking his age, never fails to impress. Chamberlain's idealism nicely contrasts with the seediness of a town gone badly wrong. Joey Heatherton looks delicious in this, I think, her first movie role. All top-notch entertainment.