Wednesday, June 5, 2013

OLDIE GOLDIES: Anatomy Of A Murder (1959)

With Hit me with your best shot going on hiatus for June, I will be bringing some new Oldie Goldies posts for the rest of the month. The first film I would like to profile is the fascinating courtroom drama "Anatomy of a Murder". This film depicts a rape trial and is one of the most thorough and insightful portrayals of the judicial process. Coupled with sterling performances from its cast, this film is both informative and entertaining. It picked up 7 Oscar nominations - Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Picture and a pair of Supporting Actor nods for Arthur O'Connell and George C. Scott.

Classic Quote
"Now, Mr. Dancer, get off the panties. You've done enough damage."

Classic Scenes

Classic Characters
Paul Biegler (James Stewart)

Parnell Emmett McCarthy (Arthur O'Connell)

Claude Dancer (George C. Scott)

Classic Music

Did you know?
In 1989, the American Bar Association rated this as one of the 12 best trial films of all time.


  1. One of my favorite trial films ever. It's not close to 12 Angry Men, but still brilliant.

  2. It's a good one. And the idea that saying the word "panties" was so unheard of is kind of hilarious.

    1. It really is fascinating to find out how scandalous this movie was in its time. It was even initially banned in a cosmopolitan city like Chicago!