Plot & Details
Crusading publisher Austin Spenser (Sidney Blackmer) wants to prove a point about the insufficiency of circumstantial evidence. Spencer talks his prospective son-in-law Tom Garrett (Dana Andrews) into participating in a hoax, the better to expose the alleged ineptitude of conviction-happy DA (Philip Bourneuf). Tom will plant clues indicating that he is the murderer of a nightclub dancer, then stand trial for murder; just as the jury reaches its inevitable guilty verdict, Spencer will step forth to reveal the set-up and humiliate the DA. Somewhat surprisingly, Tom eagerly agrees to this subterfuge. Unfortunately, an unforeseen event renders their perfectly formed scheme useless. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt was the last American film of director Fritz Lang.
- MPAA Rating: Not Rated
- Genre(s): Drama
- Run Time: 80min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 09/05/1956
- DVD Release Date: 05/13/2011
- Director(s): Fritz Lang
- Starring: Dana Andrews , Joan Fontaine , Sidney Blackmer , Barbara Nichols , Philip Bourneuf
- Themes: Fighting the System,Social Injustice
- Tone: Bleak,Confrontational,Moody,Disturbing,Cynical,Gloomy
- Keywords: District-Attorney, evidence-circumstantial, hoax, justice, murder, nightclub, publisher, trial [courtroom]
- Country of Origin: USA (09-05-1956)