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on June 15, 2017
Excellent film - has lessons for today as well as in 1936. Some key themes are:
- The single-mindedness of a mob; what happens when people don't stop and think for themselves and get caught up in the furor
- Politics over justice; when a leading politician is more concerned about getting re-elected than doing the right thing
- How an idealistic, righteous man can be pulled down into a terrible vengeance for deaths

How do we get here? Here's my synopsis - focusing on the first half:
Joe Wilson (Spencer Tracy) starts off as the idealist man during the depression. He wants to get married to Catherine (Sylvia Sidney) but they don't have the money where they live in Chicago. Catherine gets a job in a small town. Joe joins his brothers and buys a gas station. After about a year, they have enough money to reunite and marry. Joe leaves to drive to the small town but gets stopped on the way and charged with a crime on circumstantial evidence. The townspeople get so indignant that a mob forms and they take the law into their own hands and threaten to burn down the jail where Joe is held. The sheriff calls in the national guard, but a prominent politician stops it as politically infeasible. The jail burns. Joe is presumed dead; but managed to escape. Joe is so embittered that he enlists his brothers to try the key instigators in the town for murder (lynching). The remainder of the movie is the trial where 22 people in the town are tried for Joe's murder. At the end, Joe shows up and gives a patented Spencer Tracy monologue about his changed belief in justice and that people don't always behave in a civilized manner. .

Tracy's transformation from the ideal everyman to vengeance seeking manic is totally convincing. The monologue at the end is a precursor to later Tracy efforts such as State of the Union, Inherit the Wind or Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. Tracy never overplays - just carefully and believably builds up until he explodes with rage.

There are parts that are certainly dated - but no reason to detract from 5 stars.
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on August 17, 2015
This is one the best 30's movies I have ever seen! The "fury" that Spencer Tracy brings to the role is absolutely excellent. The supporting cast is right on. I suppose what is terrible about the story is that it is very easy to see the string o events possible playing itself out in the 1930's. Tracy's plan for revenge is both understandable and worrisome as it gets near the end of the film and you wonder if he will see his plan all the way through. I highly recommend this film !
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on June 16, 2016
A fabulous Spencer Tracy performance...he is riveting in the role of a nice guy turned cynical and vindictive. Sylvia Sidney is just as good as Tracy is is his role. She plays the woman he plans to marry and their plans go awry when a case of mistaken identity and assumed evidence turned their lives into a living hell.
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on July 9, 2015
Well..Spencer Tracy plays the sweet nice guy gone crazy mean very well.Lynch mob being whipped up nuts is classic and sadly current...quite a few clever twists and turns keep this movie very interesting.
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on April 17, 2006
German born diector Fritz Lang's first American film tells the story of how mass hysteria can led to tragic results.Joe Wilson (Spencer Tracy) driving West,from Chicago,to meet his bride-to-be Katharine,touchingly played by Sylvia Sidney,is arrested on kidnapping charges.Lies and whispers spread thru the small town which leads to a mob marching on the city jail,which results in Tracy being lynched(?),a body is not found and the "leaders" of the mob are put on trial.Lang,who also co-wrote the screenplay,captures the essence of small town bigotry and the effects that"group think" can have a society,large or small.Edward Ellis,Walter Brennan,Bruce Cabot,and Frank Albertson lend excellant surpport.Commetary by Peter Bogdanovich,with inserts from director Lang,culled from interviews,over the years,by Bogdanovich is OK.
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on December 16, 2016
OK - it's a bit dated (obviously). But the character portrayals are very good and it's a lesson worth repeating.
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on June 18, 2015
Spencer Tracy at his best.. with splendid cinematography.. a thoroughly cynical look at human nature--a bit overdone, in fact.
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on July 20, 2015
Great movie about a character (Spencer Tracy) who goes through all the feelings of being severely wronged by an entire town. If you are looking for a hero moment, you'll find it here.
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on May 9, 2013
It deals with the fury of a mob which - unfortunately, happened in the States since the settling of the WEST. Spencer Tracy gives one of his best performance. Sylvia Sidney is at her best and a lot the history as a whole. I highlly recommend it to anyone who likes great acting and extremely well produced aand directed.
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on September 4, 2016
Well acted,makes a moral statement,not a fun movie.
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