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VERY MELODRAMATIC & over acted like a silent movie! It is the movie itself that I rate 3 stars. This is for devoted Bogart fans who want to experience his early work. He is only a supporting player who appears in less than half the movie, yet his character steals the show. His acting style stands out from the others and you can for-see the potential for his future.
Don't expect Casablanca or even They Drive By Night, expect to see Bogie learning his trade. And try not to laugh at the melodramatic stars of the show.
This is a 1934 movie that is a version of a German film, and as such it is assumed that appropriate compensation for differences between the German and American criminal justice systems has been made.
The story centers about Edward Weldon, foreman in a contemporary American jury trial in which a young woman [Ellen Saxton] is alleged to have murdered her boyfriend in a crime of passion. The opening scene is the courtroom in which the trial takes place. Because Ellen Saxton has admitted to the court that she took money from the victim after shooting him thus making it appear that the crime was premeditated, she is found guilty of murder in the first degree and is sentenced to death. The trial appears to have been proper and fair in every respect. Any mitigating circumstances were apparently left for appeal and that was inexplicably not done, although late appeals to the warden were attempted to no avail.
The foreman’s daughter, Stella Weldon, about the same age as Ellen Saxton, is in the court audience sitting next to a young man, Gar Boni, played by Humphrey Bogart. When the verdict is announced, Boni turns to Stella and states that had the guilty woman had a better lawyer, she could have beaten the rap. Bogart’s character is that of a seedy gang member. The alleged injustice perceived by the press and public at large seems more with the sentence than the verdict, and suggests the film is a vendetta against capital punishment.
The remainder of the movie concerns the angst that Edward Weldon, the jury foreman, goes through as the execution date approaches. He avers that he is a strict law and order man, and feels confident in his decision despite being mercilessly hounded by the press and public.Read more ›
Bogart's role is only slightly more than bit part, but he can only ever be Bogart, so it's kind of amusing to see him cast as the "wrong boy" for the jury foreman's daughter, who after sentencing a woman to death for murder, must now deal with the possibili
derisive in the 1930's as it is today.
And to see a young and handsome Bogie was wonderful.
I am a fan also always enjoyed seeing his movies.
Although his time was short in this movie it might of been.
Because he was young and starting out in his acting career.
But don't take my word for it I am not an expert just a fan.
Crime of passion is so much different back then compared to today.
Crimes back then may have been few compared to today by women.
Women today may have become more out spoken and more demanding.
Once again I say I am not an expert on this type of issues concerning women.
Would I say to others watch this movie. I would say yes and they would have to decide for themselves.
I love black & white movies and this was very nice to see and experience.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found it boring...and I was disappointed because a young Bogey was in itPublished 27 days ago by Nancy Flood
One of the Bogart films he did when under contract early in his career. Not awful, but close.Published 2 months ago by JP
This is Early Bogie!! Well before his Superstar fame. So strange to see him in the long list of actors rather than his usual Top Billing!! A movie in the spirit of 12 Angry Men.Published 2 months ago by J. ZACCHERIO
Not Bogey's best movie. Interesting, but the end was disappointing.Published 4 months ago by US Hondo