Elia Kazan (1947)

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Director Elia Kazan is probably best remembered for giving Marlon Brando his two most iconic roles in A Streetcar Named Desire and On the Watefront, but this riveting crime drama was an impressive early feature. Based on a real-life murder of case of the 1920s, it stars Dana Andrews as the district attorney charged with convicting a vagrant (Arthur Kennedy) of slaying a priest. It looks like an open-and-shut case, until Andrews starts to have his doubts. Shot mainly in Connecticut, this socially aware thriller dates from a period when film noir style and location shooting were combined in the safe hands of producer Louis de Rochemont, the renowned documentary-maker behind the March of Time newsreels of the 1930s. The resulting feeling of authenticity adds to the tension in what remains a compelling and well-acted story.


A district attorney is determined to convict a vagrant of killing a prominent clergyman. However, as the lawyer delves deeper into the case, he begins to suspect the defendant may in fact be innocent. Crime drama based on a real-life murder case of the 1920s, starring Dana Andrews, Lee J Cobb, Arthur Kennedy, Jane Wyatt, Ed Begley and Karl Malden.

Cast & Crew

Henry L Harvey Dana Andrews
Mrs Harvey Jane Wyatt
Chief Robinson Lee J Cobb
Irene Nelson Cara Williams
John Waldron Arthur Kennedy
Woods Sam Levene
Wade Taylor Holmes
McCreery Robert Keith (1)
Harris Ed Begley
Crossman Philip Coolidge
Cary Lester Lonergan
Lt White Karl Malden
Director Elia Kazan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdAvailable on: DVD and Blu-ray