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The Rack (1956)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 2 November 1956 (USA)
A decorated Korean War hero inexplicably collaborates with the enemy while interred in a POW camp and is court-martialed.

Director:

Arnold Laven

Writers:

Stewart Stern (screen play), Rod Serling (teleplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Newman ... Capt. Edward W. Hall, Jr.
Wendell Corey ... Maj. Sam Moulton
Walter Pidgeon ... Col. Edward W. Hall, Sr.
Edmond O'Brien ... Lt. Col. Frank Wasnick
Anne Francis ... Aggie Hall
Lee Marvin ... Capt. John R. Miller
Cloris Leachman ... Caroline
Robert Burton ... Col. Ira Hansen
Robert F. Simon ... Law Officer (as Robert Simon)
Trevor Bardette ... Court President
Adam Williams ... Sgt. Otto Pahnke
James Best ... Millard Chilson Cassidy
Fay Roope Fay Roope ... Col. Dudley Smith
Barry Atwater ... Maj. Byron Phillips
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Storyline

Captain Edward Hall returns to the USA after two years in a prison camp in the Korean war. In the camp he was brainwashed and helped the Chinese convince the other prisoners that they were fighting an unjust war. When he comes back he is charged for collaboration with the enemy. Where does loyalty end in a prison camp, when the camp is a living hell? Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Paul Newman, a wonderful new star! See more »

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Drama | War

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Trivia

Paul Newman would work with screenwriter Stewart Stern in two subsequent films. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the film, Col. Hall, Sr., take a drink of water and then puts the paper cup down on the water cooler cabinet. In the next shot, as he is walking away, the paper cup is gone. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Capt. Edward W. Hall Jr.: [addressing the court martial one last time after the verdict has been read] This isn't going to be an extenuation, but I want to say it anyway. Capt. Miller came to my hotel this morning, just about dawn. He's the witness who was tortured. He said he'd read the papers and he'd seen my testimony there and he wanted to talk. So we sat down and we started talking about the men we knew who were prisoners over there... He said he thought that every man has a moment in his life when he ...
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Alternate Versions

Exists in a computer-colorized version. See more »

Connections

References The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

The Last Time I Saw Paris
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Music by Jerome Kern
Hummed by Walter Pidgeon
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A great film lies hidden here
22 July 2004 | by mik-19See all my reviews

There lies a great film hidden in the depths of 'The Rack', one that honestly and unflinchingly dares pronounce its indictment of the American way of life, of a people uninformed about the democratic traditions of their country as well as of the exact nature of Communism.

But 'The Rack' is not quite that film, although in long stretches it is pretty good. Paul Newman in his second starring role plays Captain Ed Hall, being court martialed for betraying his country when he was a prisoner of war in Korea by collaborating with his captors. It turns out he was mentally tortured, brainwashed as it were, and there is an emotional forthrightness of the scenes concerning the captain's breakdown that are engaging, and the central between Newman and Walter Pidgeon as his staunch colonel father will draw tears, although Newman is not yet the acute and instinctively brilliant actor he would become.

So, see it by all means next time it is aired on TCM, it's not half bad. Only, it ought to have been better.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1956 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$779,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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