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Running time
103 min.
United States United States
Richard Murphy (Novel: Meyer Levin)
Lionel Newman
William C. Mellor (B&W)
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Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Thriller. Mystery. Drama | Crime. Courtroom Drama. 1920s
Synopsis / Plot
It's Chicago and the year is 1924. Two young men are driving recklessly at night, and almost hit a drunken pedestrian. They are wealthy law students, the flamboyant Artie Straus (Bradford Dillman) constantly goading the intensely introverted Judd Steiner (Dean Stockwell) to still more outrageous escapades. Smugly feeling safe in their own superiority, the pair commit murder--just to show they can. So starts this gripping fictionalized version of the Leopold-Loeb case which shocked Americans and provoked Clarence Darrow, here fictionalized as Jonathan Wilk (Orson Welles), to make an impassioned plea that even these cold killers should not be hung.
1959: Cannes Film Festival: Best Actor (Welles, Stockwell, Dillman)
1959: BAFTA Awards: Nominated to Best Film
1959: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1959: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Drama Screenplay
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