Anatomy of a Murder

Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

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  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
  • Release Date: 1959-07-01
  • User Rating: 7.8/10 from 907 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 41min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Columbia Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Otto Preminger
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Semi-retired Michigan lawyer Paul Biegler takes the case of Army Lt. Manion, who murdered a local innkeeper after his wife claimed that he raped her. Over the course of an extensive trial, Biegler parries with District Attorney Lodwick and out-of-town prosecutor Claude Dancer to set his client free, but his case rests on the victim's mysterious business partner, who's hiding a dark secret.

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  • James Stewart

    as Paul Biegler
  • Lee Remick

    as Laura Manion
  • Ben Gazzara

    as Lt. Frederick Manion
  • Arthur O'Connell

    as Parnell Emmett McCarthy
  • Eve Arden

    as Maida Rutledge
  • Kathryn Grant

    as Mary Pilant
  • George C. Scott

    as Claude Dancer
  • Orson Bean

    as Dr. Matthew Smith
  • Russ Brown

    as George Lemon
  • Murray Hamilton

    as Alphonse Paquette
  • Brooks West

    as Dist. Atty. Mitch Lodwick
  • Ken Lynch

    as Det. Sgt. James Durgo
  • John Qualen

    as Deputy Sheriff Sulo
  • Howard McNear

    as Dr. Dompierre
  • Alexander Campbell

    as Dr. W. Gregory Harcourt
  • Ned Wever

    as Dr. Raschid
  • Jimmy Conlin

    as Clarence Madigan
  • Royal Beal

    as Sheriff Battisfore
  • Joseph Kearns

    as Lloyd Burke
  • Don Ross

    as Duane 'Duke' Miller
  • Lloyd Le Vasseur

    as Court Clerk
  • James Waters

    as Army Sergeant 1st Class
  • Joseph N. Welch

    as Judge Weaver
  • Duke Ellington

    as Pie Eye (uncredited)
  • Irv Kupcinet

    as Distinguished Gentleman (uncredited)
  • Chuck Ramsay

    as Orderly (uncredited)
  • Mrs. Joseph Welch

    as Juror (uncredited)
Writing Wendell Mayes Screenplay
Production Otto Preminger Producer
Lighting James Almond Lighting Technician
Art Boris Leven Production Design
Sound Jack Solomon Sound Designer
Camera Sam Leavitt Director of Photography
Sound Richard Carruth Sound Designer
Camera Irving Rosenberg Camera Operator
Directing Otto Preminger Director
Editing Louis R. Loeffler Editor
Sound Duke Ellington Original Music Composer
Directing Hal W. Polaire Assistant Director
Costume & Make-Up Paula Giokaris Costume Design
Crew John D. Voelker Technical Supervisor
Directing Kathleen Fagan Script Supervisor
Crew Irving W. Sindler Property Master
Costume & Make-Up Del Armstrong Makeup Artist
Editing John Loeffler Assistant Editor
Costume & Make-Up Harry Ray Makeup Artist
Editing Michael Vittes Assistant Editor
Directing David Silver Assistant Director
Costume & Make-Up Hope Bryce Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Norman Pringle Makeup Artist
Camera Gjon Mili Still Photographer
Sound Don Hall Sound Effects Editor
Production Henry Weinberger Production Manager
Camera Al St. Hilaire Still Photographer
Costume & Make-Up Vou Lee Giokaris Costume Design
Directing Ray Taylor Jr. Assistant Director
Costume & Make-Up Myrl Stoltz Hairdresser
Sound Richard Carruth Music Editor
Art Howard Bristol Set Dresser
Costume & Make-Up Michael Harte Wardrobe Master
Sound Jack Solomon Sound
Production Max Slater Producer's Assistant
Camera Leo McCreary Key Grip
Art Saul Bass Title Designer
Writing John D. Voelker Novel
Costume & Make-Up Vou Lee Giokaris Wardrobe Master
Costume & Make-Up Hope Bryce Costume Coordinator
Costume & Make-Up Madine Danks Hairdresser
Art Ken Walton Props