An Act of Murder (1948) - Rotten Tomatoes

An Act of Murder (1948)





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In this provocative drama, a stern hard-liner judge commits euthanasia to save his terminally ill wife from further suffering. He decides to kill her by driving the both of them off a cliff. He succeeds in ending her pain, but unfortunately he survives and ends up turning himself in with a full confession. Now it is up to his brilliant lawyer to defend him. He not only justifies the old judge's actions, he also proves that the wife took a fatal dose of poison before getting in the car; therefore she committed suicide. The judge is freed and returns to his courtroom where he oversees his cases with considerably more sympathy and understanding than he did before. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi


Fredric March
as Judge Calvin Cooke
Florence Eldridge
as Catherine Cooke
Edmond O'Brien
as David Douglas
Geraldine Brooks
as Ellie Cooke
Stanley Ridges
as Dr. Walter Morrison
John McIntire
as Judge Ogden
Frederic Tozere
as Judge Dayton
Will Wright
as Judge Jim Wilder
Virginia Brissac
as Mrs. Russell
Francis McDonald
as Mr. Russell
Don Beddoe
as Pearson
Clarence Muse
as Mr. Pope
Ray Teal
as Dr. McDermott (uncredited)
Paul E. Burns
as Old Man (uncredited)
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The danger Hollywood faces in dealing with controversial medical subjects is that a film may create exactly the opposite impression it was intended to create, psychologically speaking.

January 14, 2022 | Full Review…

Features its own little noteworthy kernels worthy of admiration.

August 11, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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