Gideon's Trumpet


2h 1980

Brief Synopsis

In one of his final television roles, Henry Fonda stars as the semi-literate Florida drifter whose court case--being denied counsel at a breaking-and-entering trial because of his inability to afford a lawyer--drastically changed the course of American legal history. His performance won him an Emmy

Film Details

Also Known As
Hallmark Hall of Fame (04/30/80)
Release Date
1980
Production Company
CBS Entertainment; Worldvision Enterprises Inc

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

Synopsis

In one of his final television roles, Henry Fonda stars as the semi-literate Florida drifter whose court case--being denied counsel at a breaking-and-entering trial because of his inability to afford a lawyer--drastically changed the course of American legal history. His performance won him an Emmy Award nomination, as did the script by David Rintels with whom Fonda (and John Houseman, who stars as the Chief Justice of the United States) had been associated on stage and later television on Rintels' one-man play, "Clarence Darrow." Fay Wray, the veteran actress best remembered as King Kong's leading lady, returned to acting briefly to play Henry Fonda's landlady in this film following years of self-imposed retirement.

Film Details

Also Known As
Hallmark Hall of Fame (04/30/80)
Release Date
1980
Production Company
CBS Entertainment; Worldvision Enterprises Inc

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

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Miscellaneous Notes

Aired in United States April 30, 1980

Broadcast as a presentation of the "Hallmark Hall of Fame."