The Tattered Dress
|The Tattered Dress|
|Directed by||Jack Arnold|
|Produced by||Albert Zugsmith|
|Written by||George Zuckerman|
|Music by||Frank Skinner|
|Cinematography||Carl E. Guthrie|
|Edited by||Edward Curtiss|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Box office||$1.43 million (US rentals)|
In a California resort community, the wealthy Michael Reston is charged with the murder of a man he claimed attacked his wife, Charleen.
Reston hires a high-priced lawyer, James Gordon Blane, a man known to do anything it takes to win a case. Blane makes few friends in the community because the victim was a popular figure while the Restons are not popular with anyone. But his skillful cross-examination of a sheriff, Nick Hoak, results in Blane's client being found not guilty.
Hoak decides to get even. He claims to have evidence that Blane bribed a woman on the jury. Now it is Blane who goes on trial, with only his estranged wife, Diane, coming to his aid. While defending himself, Blane begins to feel remorse over having won acquittals for so many guilty clients.
Blane ultimately is vindicated when the juror, Carol Morrow, turns out to be romantically involved with Hoak, the sheriff. Enraged by the outcome, the sheriff watches Blane going down the Court-House steps. Standing in the shadows he draws his gun intent on murdering Blane in cold blood. He is stopped when Morrow gets some revenge of her own by shooting him. As she is arrested for her actions, the Blanes reconcile and leave town for good.
- Jeff Chandler as James Gordon Blane
- Jeanne Crain as Diane Blane
- Jack Carson as Sheriff Hoak
- Gail Russell as Carol Morrow
- Elaine Stewart as Charleen Reston
- George Tobias as Billy Giles
- Edward Andrews as Lester Rawlings
- Phillip Reed as Michael Reston
- Edward Platt as Ralph Adams - Reporter (as Edward C. Platt)
- Paul Birch as Prosecutor Frank Mitchell
- Alexander Lockwood as Paul Vernon
- Edwin Jerome as Judge David L. Johnson
- William Schallert as Court Clerk
- June McCall as Girl at Slot Machine
- Frank J. Scannell as Cal Morrison - Blackjack Dealer (as Frank Scannell)
- Floyd Simmons as Larry Bell
- Ziva Rodann as Woman on Train (as Ziva Shapir)
- Marina Orschel as Girl by Pool
- Ingrid Goude Girl by Pool
Chandler's casting was announced in June 1956.
The Los Angeles Times said that Chandler "does the best acting job of his career" in the film.
- "Top Grosses of 1957", Variety, 8 January 1958: 30.
- The Tattered Dress at the American Film Institute Catalog.
- Oscar Godbout (July 17, 1956). "Warwick To Make 2 Films In Africa: Company Plans Productions of 'Adamson of Africa' and 'Golden City,' a Musical M-G-M Misses One of Four". The New York Times.
- Thomas M. Pryor (July 25, 1956). "Warners Readies Incentives Policy: Stockholders to Vote on Film Company Plan to Grant Options to Executives M-G-M in Full Swing Of Local Origin". The New York Times.
- Dorothy Manners (August 19, 1956). "It's Matter Of Degrees -- 113 Of Them". The Washington Post and Times Herald.
- Philip K. Scheuer (March 3, 1957). "'Tattered Dress' Chandler's Best". Los Angeles Times.
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