1 hr. 40 min.
Dennis Riordan (Robert Preston) is enraged after the man who raped and murdered his daughter is relieved of punishment because of a legal loophole. Riordan then assumes the role of judge and jury and kills the man himself. He subsequently refuses to plea insanity, leaving his defense attorney, Brad Gordon (Beau Bridges), in a tough spot. Gordon then resorts to desperate measures and calls the judge who released Riordan's victim to the stand for a tense debate of legal ethics.
Director: Walter Grauman