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Twilight of Honor (1963)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 6 February 1964 (West Germany)
A murder case that can't be won is assigned to a young defense attorney. He asks his old ailing friend, a legend among attorneys, for help on the case as his consultant.

Director:

Boris Sagal

Writers:

Henry Denker (screenplay), Al Dewlen (novel)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Chamberlain ... David Mitchell
Nick Adams ... Ben Brown
Claude Rains ... Art Harper
Joan Blackman ... Susan Harper
James Gregory ... Norris Bixby
Joey Heatherton ... Laura Mae Brown
Pat Buttram ... Cole Clinton
Jeanette Nolan ... Amy Clinton
Edgar Stehli Edgar Stehli ... Judge James Tucker
James Bell ... Charles Crispin
George Mitchell ... District Attorney Paul Farish
Don 'Red' Barry ... Judson Elliot (as Donald Barry)
Bert Freed ... Sheriff Buck Wheeler
Robin Raymond ... Tess Braden
June Dayton ... Vera Driscoll
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Storyline

US Air Force veteran Ben Brown has been charged with the murder of aging Cole Clinton, a leading citizen of Durango County, New Mexico. Several months after the discovery of Clint's dead body, Ben was turned in to the authorities for a reward by his wife, Laura Mae Brown, who claims she witnessed the murder. Ben has signed two confessions to killing Clint, who picked up the Browns hitchhiking on the road on his way back home from an out-of-town cattle auction. In addition to the charge against Ben, Laura Mae is charged as a co-defendant, her trial to be separate from Ben's. Although the alleged murder did not happen in Durango County, the trial is held there where most of Clint's friends and family will definitely be in attendance, their goal to see Ben convicted and executed. Instead of District Attorney Paul Farish, Norris Bixby has been appointed special prosecutor to try the case. James Tucker, the presiding judge, appoints a surprised young widowed attorney named David Mitchell, ... Written by Huggo

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HIS FIRST STARRING ROLE ON THE SCREEN! Richard Chamberlain as a fearless trial lawyer in a drama of love, courage, and murder!

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Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 1964 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Acusado de homicidio See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Walker Jr. originally announced for Nick Adams' role. See more »

Goofs

When Richard Chamberlain goes to Clinton's house and the butler opens the door and says, "Good evening Mr. Mitchell," he closes the door and the reflection of a crew member holding a light can be seen in the glass of the door. See more »

Quotes

Judge James Tucker: Mr. Mitchell, examine the witness, don't undress her.
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young lawyer (Richard Chamberlain) defends a young rebel (nick adams) accused of murder.
20 March 2006 | by dougbrodeSee all my reviews

This is the infamous film for which Nick Adams was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar owing to his spending a great deal of his own money and time campaigning. He had promised best friend, actor Robert Conrad, that he was going to be the first TV actor to get a nomination and he did, after sparing no effort to browbeat Academy members. According to Hollywood legend, he even invited a bunch to his home for a big party and then fell asleep just as they arrived. Also, he was supposedly dumbfounded when Melvyn Douglas received the award for his old cowboy in Hud. Adams is okay, nothing more, in this film - he actually should have campaigned for another film he did that year, The Hook with Kirk Douglas, because that was his best role ever in a film. Here, he wears a black leather jacket and does a James Dean routine (they were in Rebel Without a Cause together, Dean with the lead, Adams with one line) as a misunderstood loner he gets accused of murder. His love interest, a wild child, is played by Joey Heatherton, who had been depressed ever since her father, TV's Merry Mailman, refused to let her play the title role in Lolita - which is pretty much what she does here, only doing so after Tuesday Weld passed up the part in this film. Richard Chamberlain, in his bland leading man days before he learned to act by doing Hamlet in London, is the defense lawyer, Joan Blackman his classy girlfriend, and the great Claude Raines provides the real reason for watching as an older lawyer. Watchable but routine, and not very different from any halfway decent TV lawyer show of the time except that it runs twice as long.


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