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Studio One - Twelve Angry Men (1954)

Norman Fell , Robert Cummings , Franklin J. Schaffner  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Norman Fell, Robert Cummings, Franchot Tone
  • Directors: Franklin J. Schaffner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: E1 Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002VRNJTE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,308 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Studio One - Twelve Angry Men" on IMDb

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The 3-Time Emmy Award Winner from the acclaimed Studio One series. After a teenage boy is accused of murder, a jury must come to terms with their prejudices and personal grudges to decide on the verdict. Starring Norman Fell, Robert Cummings and Franchot Tone. Also includes Studio One: An Almanac of Liberty - After an attack on a stranger, the residents of a small town discover that if they don’t start recognizing individual freedoms, time will start moving backwards.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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12 ANGRY MEN was broadcast on CBS-TV's live drama series STUDIO ONE on 9/20/54. After decades of searching, a complete kinescope copy of this program (minus commercials) was located in 2003. This dub was made from that film, which is in fair to good shape. There are a couple of audio dropouts and occasional white spots but no repaired breaks.

Technically, the program isn't perfect. At times the camera can't keep up with the action. A good example is the twin switchblade sequence. We miss the first knife being jabbed into the juryroom table; the camera dollies to get a clear shot as Bob Cummings drops the second blade beside it. We see only his arm movement, then a pan down to reveal both knives standing in place.

Pacing is also hurried compared to the 1957 feature film, which has an extra hour to explore the case and jurors. For a live braodcast however, this is quite impressive, flaws and all.

"12 Angry Men" is a still relevant study of what is potentially the weakest link in the American justice system: the jury. Although charged by a judge to retire for deliberations with an open mind, as this broadcast shows, most enter that jury room already decided on a defendant's guilt or innocence. As we see here, an individual's background, history and prejudices often hinder the ability to consider any evidence but those pieces supporting his own preconceived conclusions.

Thus, once the door is locked behind them, eleven men on this "unbiased" panel immediately declare a young minority defendant guilty of murdering his father. One lone juror holds out, believing that some discussion is necessary before sending a man to his death.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Studio One - Twelve Angry Men February 16, 2013
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I wanted to watch the original TV presentation of this excellent courtroom drama. I understood that the visual was not adjusted to our today's expectations, but considering the period and time of television broadcasting, I didn't mind. It is still as powerful as the
Henry Fonda's version.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Casting is so Important! June 13, 2014
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Maybe I've been spoiled by seeing the movie version so many times, but Robert Cummings can't hold a candle to Henry Fonda in the starring role. But it was interesting to see the original fiirst filmed version from the vintage television era. It also made me appreciate the casting of the later movie version-that will never be topped!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Historically Interesting October 22, 2013
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My disc seems to have a defect. No matter which computer I play it on, I am unable to switch off the subtitles.
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