Gideon's Trumpet

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In one of his final television roles, Henry Fonda stars as the semi-literate Florida drifter whose court case--being denied counsel at a breaking-and-entering trial because of his inability to afford a ...more

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... Clarence Earl Gideon

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... Abe Fortas

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... Chief Justice

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... Edna Curtis

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... 1st Justice

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... 2nd Justice

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... 3rd Justice

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... 4th Justice

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... 5th Justice

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... 6th Justice

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... 7th Justice

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... 8th Justice

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In one of his final television roles, Henry Fonda stars as the semi-literate Florida drifter whose court case--being denied counsel at a breaking-and-entering trial because of his inability to afford a lawyer--drastically changed the course of American legal history. His performance won him an Emmy Award nomination, as did the script by David Rintels with whom Fonda (and John Houseman, who stars as the Chief Justice of the United States) had been associated on stage and later television on Rintels' one-man play, "Clarence Darrow." Fay Wray, the veteran actress best remembered as King Kong's leading lady, returned to acting briefly to play Henry Fonda's landlady in this film following years of self-imposed retirement.

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