Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
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Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
Crusading publisher Austin Spenser (Sidney Blackmer) wants to prove a point about the insufficiency of circumstantial evidence. Spencer talks his prospective son-in-law Tom Garrett (Dana Andrews) into participating in a hoax, the better to expose the alleged ineptitude of conviction-happy DA (Philip Bourneuf). Tom will plant clues indicating that he is the murderer of a nightclub dancer, then stand trial for murder; just as the jury reaches its inevitable guilty verdict, Spencer will step forth to reveal the set-up and humiliate the DA. Somewhat surprisingly, Tom eagerly agrees to this… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

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"While the purpose may be exemplary, the method the gentlemen employ is highly dubious as a practical exposition. And once it is revealed to prove their point, it should certainly put them in a pickle for conspiring to subvert justice and fool the courts."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"O último filme americano de Lang é também um de seus trabalhos menos interessantes visualmente, tornando-se ainda mais decepcionante em função do roteiro terrivelmente confuso em suas discussões morais."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Says a prosecutor, during the trial: 'Beneath his intellectual and cultured exterior, he was moved by brutal impulses.' Is this also Lang's self-indictment? Or an indictment of any artist who trucks in sexual titillation and murder-as-entertainment?"
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Twisty courtroom drama about the dangers of capital punishment."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Strange, complexly styled crime melodrama."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
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