On Trial

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This article is about the film titled On Trial. For the TV show with the same name, see On Trial (TV Show).
On Trial
Directed by Archie Mayo
Written by Robert Lord (titles)
Max Pollock
Screenplay by Robert Lord
Based on On Trial 
by Elmer Rice
Starring Pauline Frederick
Bert Lytell
Lois Wilson
Cinematography Byron Haskin
Edited by Tommy Pratt
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • November 14, 1928 (1928-11-14) (sound version)
  • December 29, 1928 (1928-12-29) (silent version)
Running time 91 mins.
Country United States
Language English

On Trial was a 1928 American talking drama film produced and distributed by Warner Bros., and directed by Archie Mayo. The film starred Pauline Frederick, Lois Wilson, Bert Lytell, Holmes Herbert and Jason Robards. The film is based on the 1914 Broadway play of the same name written by Elmer Rice. A silent version of the film was also released on December 29, 1928.[1]

On Trial is now considered lost. However, Vitaphone soundtrack discs for the film survive and are housed at the UCLA Film and Television Archive and British Film Institute. The film's trailer also survives.[2]


A man is put on trial for the murder on his best friend. A young attorney wants to become successful and decides to defend him. However, he is very inexperienced.


Other adaptations[edit]

The film was first made in 1917, starring Barbara Castleton, Sidney Ainsworth, and Mary McAllister. It was remade again in 1939 with John Litel, Margaret Lindsay, and Edward Norris.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "On Trial". silentera.com. Retrieved May 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ "On Trial (1928)". stanford.edu. Retrieved May 9, 2013. 

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