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Fear on Trial

  • Drama
  • 1975
  • Lamont Johnson
  • 100 mins

Summary

Drama based on a true story starring George C Scott and William Devane. John Henry Faulk, a 1950s radio and television personality, finds his career in ruins after being blacklisted and decides to sue for libel.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Here's one of the best TV movies, telling the tragic true story of television personality John Henry Faulk, who fell victim to the McCarthyite blacklist in the 1950s and, with his career ruined, decided to sue for libel. William Devane gives a moving performance as Faulk and George C Scott is magnificent as his lawyer Louis Nizer. This riveting saga is expertly told by director Lamont Johnson and writer David W Rintels, working from Faulk's autobiography. TV producers David Susskind and Mark Goodson play themselves, and Bruce Geller, the creator of TV series Mission: Impossible, plays his real-life father, the presiding judge in the case. It's a subject seldom touched on by TV since many still working in the medium have no cause to be proud of their pasts.

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Credits

Cast

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Louis NizerGeorge C Scott
John Henry FaulkWilliam Devane
Laura FaulkDorothy Tristan
Stan HoppWilliam Redfield
Herb SteinmannMilt Kogan
Gerry DicklerAllan Miller
Thomas BolanJohn Lehne
HarryBen Piazza
HartnettJohn Harkins
Tom MurrayJohn McMartin
PaulPaul Hecht
Judge Abraham N GellerBruce Geller
TBCDavid Susskind
TBCMark Goodson

Crew

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DirectorLamont Johnson

Details

Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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