Richard Widmark stars in this court drama as Col. William Edwards, a military lawyer assigned to defend Korean War POW Maj. Cargill (Richard Basehart) of treason. But as commanding officers push Edwards for a swift court-martial, suspicions of a cover-up arise. Interviewing the other POWs, Edwards questions their well-rehearsed testimony and pushes to expose the truth. Rip Torn is POW survivor Lt. Miller. Karl Malden directs.
The son of Yugoslav immigrants, Karl Malden labored in the steel mills of Gary, Indiana before enrolling in Arkansas State Teachers College. While not a prime candidate for stardom with his oversized nose and bullhorn voice, Malden attended Chicago’s Goodman Dramatic School, then moved to New York, where he made his Broadway bow in 1937. Three years later he made his film debut in a microscopic role in They Knew What They Wanted (1940), which also featured another star-to-be, Tom Ewell. While serving in the Army Air Force during World War II, Malden returned to films in the all-serviceman epic Winged Victory (1944), where he was billed as Corporal Karl Malden. This led to a brief contract with 20th Century-Fox — but not to Hollywood, since Malden’s subsequent film appearances were lensed on the east coast. In 1947, Malden created the role of Mitch, the erstwhile beau of Blanche Dubois, in Tennessee Williams’ Broadway play A Streetcar Named Desire; he repeated… read more