We're on the Jury


1h 10m 1937
We're on the Jury

Brief Synopsis

A jury member sets out to prove a murder defendant innocent.

Film Details

Also Known As
We, the Jury
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Adaptation
Release Date
Feb 12, 1937
Premiere Information
New York opening: 11 Feb 1937
Production Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Ladies of the Jury by John Frederick Ballard (New York, 21 Oct 1929).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 10m
Sound
Mono (RCA Victor System)
Color
Black and White
Film Length
8 reels

Synopsis

Following the shooting death of "socialite sportsman" Romney P. Patterson, Charmaine Patterson, his French wife, is arrested for his murder. Selected to serve on the jury at her trial are J. Clarence "Pudgy" Beaver, a tippling, timid real estate promoter, and his former high school classmate, the wealthy Mrs. Agnes Dean. During the trial, Agnes and Pudgy disrupt proceedings and aggravate Judge Henry Prime with their impromptu questioning of the witnesses, which include the Patterson's maid, Clara Simpson. Clara testifies that after she heard the fatal gunshots, she found Charmaine at her husband's side muttering, "Why did I do it?" According to Clara, Charmaine also offered her a bribe to say nothing to the police, an accusation Charmaine loudly denies. Suspicious of Clara's statements, Agnes inquires about Patterson's will and discovers that, after Charmaine, his cousin, Thomas Jeffrey, who was with him just before the murder, would inherit his estate. Later in the jury room, foreman B. J. Martin launches into an immediate vote, and all but Agnes vote "guilty." Convinced of the ex-chorus girl's innocence, Agnes, casually gathering information about the other jurors, manipulates their prejudices and slowly sways a majority of them to vote "not guilty." After an uncomfortable night in a hotel, however, several of these jurors express apprehension about an acquittal. To prevent a turnaround, Agnes tricks Officer Clark into passing a note to her maid, Antoinette, and requests that the jury go to the Pattersons' to re-enact the crime. With Pudgy's assistance, the jurors establish that Charmaine could not have murdered her husband according to Clara's testimony. Antoinette then returns with a message from the chief of detectives concerning the time that Jeffrey, who has secretly married Clara, arrived home following the murder, which clearly implicates him in the crime. Agnes, having proven to her peers that Jeffrey killed Patterson and conspired with Clara to frame Charmaine, happily concludes her civic duty.

Film Details

Also Known As
We, the Jury
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Adaptation
Release Date
Feb 12, 1937
Premiere Information
New York opening: 11 Feb 1937
Production Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Ladies of the Jury by John Frederick Ballard (New York, 21 Oct 1929).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 10m
Sound
Mono (RCA Victor System)
Color
Black and White
Film Length
8 reels

Articles

We're On the Jury


Following the shooting death of "socialite sportsman" Romney P. Patterson, Charmaine Patterson, his French wife, is arrested for his murder. Selected to serve on the jury at her trial are J. Clarence "Pudgy" Beaver, a tippling, timid real estate promoter, and his former high school classmate, the wealthy Mrs. Agnes Dean. During the trial, Agnes and Pudgy disrupt proceedings and aggravate Judge Henry Prime with their impromptu questioning of the witnesses, which include the Patterson's maid, Clara Simpson. Clara testifies that after she heard the fatal gunshots, she found Charmaine at her husband's side muttering, "Why did I do it?" According to Clara, Charmaine also offered her a bribe to say nothing to the police, an accusation Charmaine loudly denies. Suspicious of Clara's statements, Agnes inquires about Patterson's will and discovers that, after Charmaine, his cousin, Thomas Jeffrey, who was with him just before the murder, would inherit his estate. Later in the jury room, foreman B. J. Martin launches into an immediate vote, and all but Agnes vote "guilty."

Producer: Lee Marcus
Director: Ben Holmes
Screenplay: Franklin Coen (screenplay); John Frederick Ballard (play)
Cinematography: Nick Musuraca
Art Direction: Van Nest Polglase
Music: Roy Webb (uncredited)
Film Editing: Ted Cheesman, John Lockert (uncredited)
Cast: Victor Moore (J. Clarence Beaver), Helen Broderick (Mrs. Agnes Dean), Philip Huston (Steve Bell), Louise Latimer (Mrs. Clyde), Vinton Hayworth (Attorney Williams), Robert McWade (Judge Henry Prime), Maxine Jennings (Clara Simpson).
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We're On The Jury

We're On the Jury

Following the shooting death of "socialite sportsman" Romney P. Patterson, Charmaine Patterson, his French wife, is arrested for his murder. Selected to serve on the jury at her trial are J. Clarence "Pudgy" Beaver, a tippling, timid real estate promoter, and his former high school classmate, the wealthy Mrs. Agnes Dean. During the trial, Agnes and Pudgy disrupt proceedings and aggravate Judge Henry Prime with their impromptu questioning of the witnesses, which include the Patterson's maid, Clara Simpson. Clara testifies that after she heard the fatal gunshots, she found Charmaine at her husband's side muttering, "Why did I do it?" According to Clara, Charmaine also offered her a bribe to say nothing to the police, an accusation Charmaine loudly denies. Suspicious of Clara's statements, Agnes inquires about Patterson's will and discovers that, after Charmaine, his cousin, Thomas Jeffrey, who was with him just before the murder, would inherit his estate. Later in the jury room, foreman B. J. Martin launches into an immediate vote, and all but Agnes vote "guilty." Producer: Lee Marcus Director: Ben Holmes Screenplay: Franklin Coen (screenplay); John Frederick Ballard (play) Cinematography: Nick Musuraca Art Direction: Van Nest Polglase Music: Roy Webb (uncredited) Film Editing: Ted Cheesman, John Lockert (uncredited) Cast: Victor Moore (J. Clarence Beaver), Helen Broderick (Mrs. Agnes Dean), Philip Huston (Steve Bell), Louise Latimer (Mrs. Clyde), Vinton Hayworth (Attorney Williams), Robert McWade (Judge Henry Prime), Maxine Jennings (Clara Simpson). BW-70m.

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The working title of this film was We, the Jury. Onscreen credits spell actor Philip Huston's first name as both Philip and Phillip. Hollywood Reporter production charts list John Lockert as editor, although Ted Cheesman is credited on screen. RKO first adapted John Frederick Ballard's play in 1932 as Ladies of the Jury with Edna May Oliver playing the role of "Mrs. Dean" . Robert McWade played the part of the judge in both productions.