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Twelve Angry Men 

The jurors in a murder trial take their seats in a small, drab room to decide the defendant's fate. At first, all the men vote guilty bar one, who still has many questions not answered in ... See full summary »

Director:

Franklin J. Schaffner (as Franklin Schaffner)

Writer:

Reginald Rose (written especially for Studio One by)
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Robert Cummings ... Juror #8
Franchot Tone ... Juror #3
Edward Arnold ... Juror #10
Paul Hartman ... Juror #7
John Beal ... Juror #2
Walter Abel ... Juror #4
George Voskovec ... Juror #11
Joseph Sweeney Joseph Sweeney ... Juror #9
Bart Burns ... Juror #6
Norman Fell ... Juror #1 / Foreman (as Norman Feld)
Lee Philips ... Juror #5 (as Lee Phillips)
Larkin Ford Larkin Ford ... Juror #12 (as Will West)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Betty Furness ... Herself / Commercial Spokeswoman
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The jurors in a murder trial take their seats in a small, drab room to decide the defendant's fate. At first, all the men vote guilty bar one, who still has many questions not answered in court. Through theories and re-enactments, others change their minds, but one man is adamant that he'll never change his vote and won't listen to reason. Written by WesternOne

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1954 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Joseph Sweeney and George Voskovec reprised their roles as Juror #9 and Juror #11, respectively, in the feature film version of 12 Angry Men (1957). See more »

Goofs

Right after the "you're a very smart young fellow" line, when the frame changes, watch the far right side of the screen. A large camera with the CBS "eye" logo is visible in plain sight. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Watchmen/Shuttle/12 (2009) See more »

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Introduction from "Le Coq d' Or"
Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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Not What You Expect, But Just As Great
24 October 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Sidney Lumet's big-screen version of TWELVE ANGRY is a classic, consistently in the top ten most highly rated movies on the IMDb. It was based on a TV play written for Studio One. I just looked at the TV version, which dates from three years earlier.

There are numerous differences. It was directed by by Franklin Schaffner, who would direct PATTON, PAPILLON and YES, GIORGIO. It was 60 minutes in length, instead of the movie's hour and a half. Also the cast is almost entirely different, with Robert Cummings taking the role best known for being played by Henry Fonda.

Fonda uses his all-wise persona in the movie, while Cummings gives a performance that is for me more interesting -- perhaps I'm just too used to Fonda. Fonda seemed in little doubt from the beginning, while Cummings is full of doubt, even as he pulls knives out of the air and spins theories. Neither is he the only star: there's Edward Arnold, Franchot Tone, John Beal and Walter Abel from the A list, and the rest are all solid performers. Norman Fell's role as the foreman is very quiet. Vincent Gardenia is the bailiff.

The camerawork is just as jittery and dazzling as the big-screen version. Schaffner and his uncredited cameraman keep the camera moving around the cramped set, just as Lumet would.

My only complaint after having sat on several juries is people don't fight like that. Every jury I've been on, including one that went on for four months, has been a heartening exercise in twelve man and women taking their job and their fellow jurors very seriously.


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