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Town on Trial

Town on Trial(1957)

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The working title of this film was The Case of the Stocking Killer. The film opens with a sequence in which a handcuffed man is taken to police headquarters and recounts the events that led up to his committing murder. Throughout the sequence, the camera focuses only on the actors' torsos, avoiding their faces so that the murderer will not be revealed until the end. Similarly, the killings are shown from the murderer's point of view, concealing his identity from the audience. Although onscreen credits read "and introducing Elizabeth Seal," Seal had previously appeared in the 1954 British film Radio Cab Murder. The Variety review notes that Seal achieved prominence through her performance in the 1956 London production of The Pajama Game.
       An August 1956 Hollywood Reporter news item indicates that the film was originally to be produced by Todon Productions, Inc. According to information contained in the file on the film in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, the film was produced by Marksman Films, Ltd. for Columbia release. According to an August 1956 Hollywood Reporter news item, Ella Raines was initially to play the role of "Elizabeth Fenner," but had to bow out because of an illness in the famly. Peggy Cummins and Dawn Adams were then considered to replace her. The Variety review misspells actor Alec McCowen's name as "Alex." Although oscreen credits list Oscar Quitak as the actor playing "David," the Variety review mistakenly names him "David Quitar."