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The Story on Page One1959

The Story on Page One (1959)





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A suspenseful courtroom drama, The Story on Page One was the second and last film directed by the distinguished American playwright Clifford Odets (who also wrote the screenplay). Jo (Rita Hayworth) and Larry (Gig Young) are lovers accused of murdering Jo's husband. Their trial lawyer, Victor Santini (Anthony Franciosa) has his work cut out for him on two different fronts. For one, he has to overcome his own tendency to hit the bottle, and for another, he has to somehow win this case. As revealed in the beginning, Jo's husband died accidentally. Yet the unpredictability of the courtroom proceedings indicate that a verdict of "not guilty" is going to be anything but automatic.


Rita Hayworth
as Josephine Brown / Jo Morris
Anthony Franciosa
as Victor Santini
Gig Young
as Larry Ellis
Mildred Dunnock
as Mrs. Ellis
Hugh Griffith
as Judge Nielsen
Sanford Meisner
as Phil Stanley
Alfred Ryder
as Lt. Mike Morris
Katherine Squire
as Mrs. Brown
Raymond Greenleaf
as Judge Carey
Leo Penn
as Morrie Goetz
Sheridan Comerate
as Francis Morris
Jay Adler
as Lauber
Biff Elliot
as Eddie Ritter
Theodore Newton
as Dr. Kemper
Richard Le Pore
as Calvin Lewis
Dan Riss
as Court Clerk
Joe Besser
as Gallagher
Joe McGuinn
as Lt. Morris
Leonard George
as Jury Foreman
Miranda Jones
as Miss Monroe
George Turley
as Court Stenographer
Jerry Sheldon
as Quiet Man at Bar
Art Salter
as Bartender
Virginia Carroll
as Police Matron
Tom Greenway
as Capt. Kelly
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Critic Reviews for The Story on Page One

All Critics (3)

This tough and honest film was written and directed by Clifford Odets. Especially notable is its swift but unhurried cross-cutting from face to face during the climactic moments...

November 11, 2019 | Full Review…

I never overestimated Mr. Odets, not even in the Thirties when he was the Paddy Chayefsky of the Left. Now he is on the little-man-what-now kick and the results are even more painful.

July 12, 2019 | Full Review…

An above par courtroom drama.

September 11, 2003 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Story on Page One

Solid courtroom drama, a trifle overlong but still involving.

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