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Compulsion (1-Apr-1959)

Director: Richard Fleischer

Writer: Richard Murphy

From novel: Compulsion by Meyer Levin

Music: Lionel Newman

Producer: Richard D. Zanuck

Keywords: True Crime, Roman Clef, Courtroom

Two young law students, Judd Steiner and Arthur Strauss, decide to demonstrate they are above the law by committing a perfect crime. They kidnap and murder a young boy, demanding a ransom they have no intention of trying to collect. However, Judd's glasses were left at the scene and lead to their unraveling. Mirrors the Leopold & Loeb murder case of the 1920s, defended by Clarence Darrow, with names changed. Richard Fleischer's best work; compare Alfred Hitchcock's Rope (1948).

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Richard Anderson
Actor
8-Aug-1926   Oscar Goldman on The 6 Million Dollar Man
Edward Binns
Actor
12-Sep-1916 4-Dec-1990 12 Angry Men
Bradford Dillman
Actor
14-Apr-1930   Sudden Impact
Wilton Graff
Actor
13-Aug-1903 13-Jan-1969 Bloodlust!
Gavin MacLeod
Actor
28-Feb-1931   Capt. Stubing on Love Boat
E. G. Marshall
Actor
18-Jun-1910 24-Aug-1998 Juror #4, 12 Angry Men
Martin Milner
Actor
28-Dec-1931   LAPD officer Pete Malloy on Adam-12
Dean Stockwell
Actor
5-Mar-1936   Blue Velvet
Diane Varsi
Actor
23-Feb-1938 19-Nov-1992 Peyton Place
Orson Welles
Actor
6-May-1915 10-Oct-1985 Citizen Kane

CAST

Starring
Orson Welles   ...   Jonathan Wilk
Diane Varsi   ...   Ruth Evans
Dean Stockwell   ...   Judd Steiner
Bradford Dillman   ...   Artie Straus
Co-Starring
E. G. Marshall   ...   DA Harold Horn
Martin Milner   ...   Sid Brooks
with
Richard Anderson   ...   Max Steiner
Robert Simon   ...   Lt. Johnson
Edward Binns   ...   Tom Daly
Robert Burton   ...   Mr. Straus
Wilton Graff   ...   Mr. Steiner
Louise Lorimer   ...   Mrs. Straus
Gavin MacLeod   ...   Padua

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