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Genre  Drama
Cinematography  Byron Haskin
Country  United States
Director  Archie Mayo
Story by  Elmer Rice
Duration  
Language  English
On Trial (1928 film) On Trial
Release date  November 14, 1928 (1928-11-14) (sound version) December 29, 1928 (1928-12-29) (silent version)
Based on  On Trial  by Elmer Rice
Writer  Robert Lord (screenplay), Robert Lord (titles), Max Pollock, Elmer Rice (play)
Genres  Drama, Silent film, Black-and-white
Cast  Pauline Frederick, Lois Wilson, Bert Lytell
Similar movies  Madonna of Avenue A (1929), As the Earth Turns (1934), Green Light (1937), Colleen (1936), Don Juan (1926)

On trial trailer 1928


On Trial is a 1928 American talking drama film produced and distributed by Warner Bros., and directed by Archie Mayo. The film starred Pauline Frederick, Lois Wilson, Bert Lytell, Holmes Herbert and Jason Robards. The film is based on the 1914 Broadway play of the same name by Elmer Rice. A silent version of the film was also released on December 29, 1928.

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The story was first filmed in 1917, starring Barbara Castleton, Sidney Ainsworth, and Mary McAllister. It was remade again in 1939 with John Litel, Margaret Lindsay, and Edward Norris.

Plot summary

A man is put on trial for the murder on his best friend. A young attorney wants to become successful and decides to defend him. However, he is very inexperienced.

Cast

  • Pauline Frederick as Joan Trask
  • Bert Lytell as Robert Strickland
  • Lois Wilson as May Strickland
  • Holmes Herbert as Gerald Trask
  • Richard Tucker as Prosecuting Attorney
  • Jason Robards, Sr. as Defense Attorney
  • Franklin Pangborn as Turnbull
  • Fred Kelsey as Clerk
  • Vondell Darr as Doris Strickland
  • Preservation and public domain status

    The 1928 film version of On Trial is now considered lost. However, Vitaphone soundtrack discs for the film survive and are housed at the UCLA Film and Television Archive and British Film Institute. The film's trailer also survives.

    In 1956, the film entered the public domain in the USA due to Associated Artists Productions failing to renew the copyright on the 28th anniversary after registration.

    References

    On Trial (1928 film) Wikipedia
    On Trial (1928 film) IMDb


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