Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (Lang, 1956)

Once again Fritz Lang dissects American injustice using a fake murder suspect to reveal the immoral nature of capital punishment (not too immoral as we find out). Dana Andrews plays the seemingly clever writer/guinea pig, purposefully thrown to the wolves (in the form of an ambitious D.A.) so that he and his journalist accomplice can publicly undermine the death penalty. Lang doesn’t really show his cards until the surprising finish, but as usual his seamless process includes great Noir visuals and calculating, deceptive characters. Still, I love some bite with my Lang, and this film has little to chew on.

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