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Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

Anatomy of a Murder


160 minutes

Crime / Drama / Mystery

Directed by Otto Preminger


James Stewart as Defense Attorney Paul Biegler
Lee Remick as Laura Manion
Ben Gazzara as Lt. Frederick Manion
Arthur O'Connell as Parnell Emmett McCarthy
Eve Arden as Maida Rutledge
Kathryn Grant as Mary Pilant
George C. Scott as Assitant State Attorney General Claude Dancer
Orson Bean as Dr. Matthew Smith
Russ Brown as George Lemon
Murray Hamilton as Alphonse Paquette
Brooks West as Dist. Atty. Mitch Lodwick
Ken Lynch as Det. Sgt. James Durgo
John Qualen as Deputy Sheriff Sulo
Howard McNear as Dr. Dompierre
Emily Eby as Mrs. Welbourne
Alexander Campbell as Dr. W. Gregory Harcourt
Joseph N. Welch as Judge Weaver
Duke Ellington as 'Pie-Eye'

Ben Gazzara plays an army lieutenant named Frederick Manion who is charged with the murder of a bartender named Barney Quill. Manion claims he killed Quill, for he had beatenand raped his wife Laura. There is no evidence showing Laura has been raped, even though she claims her husband is telling the truth. James Stewart plays Manion’s lawyer, Paul Biegler. After interviewing Manion, Biegler realizes Manion has a jealousy problem and his wife doesn’t have the best reputation. The case doesn’t seem too strong for him, so he uses his assistants to search for a witness that will help his case. A strange ending awaits!

Academy Award Nominations:

Best Actor in a Leading Role: James Stewart
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Arthur O'Connell
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: George C. Scott
Best Cinematography, Black-and-White: Sam Leavitt
Best Film Editing: Louis R. Loeffler
Best Picture: Otto Preminger
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium: Wendell Mayes

Golden Globe Awards:

Best Motion Picture - Drama
Best Motion Picture Actress - Drama: Lee Remick
Best Motion Picture Director: Otto Preminger
Best Supporting Actor: Joseph N. Welch    

Directors: Otto Preminger
Actors: Eve Arden, Orson Bean, Ben Gazzara, Murray Hamilton, Arthur O'Connell, John Qualen, Lee Remick, George C. Scott, James Stewart
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Matinee Classics - Anatomy of a Murder starring James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, Arthur O'Connell, Eve Arden, Kathryn Grant, George C. Scott, Orson Bean, Russ Brown, Murray Hamilton, Brooks West, Ken Lynch, John Qualen, Howard McNear, Emily Eby, Alexander Campbell, Joseph N. Welch and Duke Ellington

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