Release dateApril 20, 1945 (1945-04-20) (United States) WriterSam Duncan (story), Nat Ferber (story), Robert F. Metzler, Samuel Ornitz (adaptation) ScreenplaySamuel Ornitz, Robert F. Metzler CastMichael O'Shea (Joe Reynolds), Lloyd Nolan (Sam Lord), Trudy Marshall (Agnes Hannon), Ruth Ford (Mrs. Simms), Reed Hadley (Prosecutor), Roy Roberts (Marty Hannon) Similar moviesThe Adventures of Tintin, The Night of the Hunter, Zodiac, The Green Mile, The Big Sleep, Megamind
Three witnesses swear they saw Joe Reynolds murder grumpy baker Kenny (Ben Welden) with a hatchet. Joe claims Kenny's fatal head wound was the result of a fall as they argued—the baker hit his head on an oven as he fell—but the eyewitness testimony prevails and Joe is sentenced to death in the electric chair. His buddy Sam Lord has an uphill struggle to prove his innocence.
Michael O'Shea as Joe Reynolds
Lloyd Nolan as Sam Lord
Trudy Marshall as Agnes Hannon
Billy Cummings as Pat Reynolds
Ruth Ford as Mrs. Simms
Reed Hadley as Prosecutor
Roy Roberts as Marty Hannon
Scotty Beckett as Freddy Hanlon
Byron Foulger as Bolger
Bosley Crowther, the film critic for The New York Times panned the film, writing, "Darryl Zanuck must have had his back turned when Circumstantial Evidence slipped out the front gate of the Twentieth Century-Fox Studio. For a sillier and more tediously worked-out piece of crime melodrama than the picture which opened yesterday at the Rialto hasn't reached Broadway in a long, long time. Circumstantial Evidence is so full of hackneyed and incredible plot turns that one can never get even slightly interested in the involved set of circumstances which almost send a quite innocent, if belligerent, Michael O'Shea to the electric chair."