A Fever in the Blood

Overview

In this routine political drama by Vincent Sherman, a murder trial is converted into one piece in the complex interaction between three candidates for governor. Judge Hoffman Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. is a solid, anchoring presence in his courtroom, qualities which should stand him in good stead when election day arrives. Senator Simon Don Ameche has all the scruples of a hungry ferret and tries to bribe the judge to take on a position in the federal judicial system in lieu of his candidacy. The District Attorney, Dan...
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Overview

In this routine political drama by Vincent Sherman, a murder trial is converted into one piece in the complex interaction between three candidates for governor. Judge Hoffman Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. is a solid, anchoring presence in his courtroom, qualities which should stand him in good stead when election day arrives. Senator Simon Don Ameche has all the scruples of a hungry ferret and tries to bribe the judge to take on a position in the federal judicial system in lieu of his candidacy. The District Attorney, Dan Callahan also has an ethics-free approach to politics and is not likely to change. Complicating matters is the fact that the Senator's wife Cathy Angie Dickinson was once in love with Judge Hoffman. By the time these protagonists get through dealing with the race for governor and each other's scruples -- or lack of them -- circumstances have drastically changed the picture.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Moderately entertaining but nothing special, A Fever in the Blood could use a little more of real heat on the screen. Certainly, we're told that the main characters are hot to become the next governor and certainly they go through the motions of showing us just how determined they are; but it never feels real. That inner fire, that burning intensity to win this race at any cost doesn't ring true with any of the leads. It perhaps comes the closest with Efram Zimbalist, Jr.,, although that may be because his character is the one who keeps his desire more subsumed and less over than the others. By contrast, Jack Kelly and Don Ameche have ambition plastered across their foreheads, but all the blustering and activity still comes across forced. Still, even if it's not quite convincing, they do hit all the right marks and play all the right notes, so if that inner passion doesn't seem real, it still makes dramatic sense. Angie Dickinson is called upon to do little more than look luscious, which she does with ease. Vincent Sherman's direction is efficient and gets the job done, though with little in the way of invention or personal commitment.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2014
  • UPC: 888574038106
  • Original Release: 1961
  • Time: 1:57:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 39,302

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Judge Leland Hoffman
Angie Dickinson Cathy Simon
Jack Kelly Dan Callahan
Don Ameche Senator A.S. Simon
Ray Danton Marker
Herbert Marshall Governor Thornwall
Jesse White Mickey Beers
Rhodes Reason Walter Thornwall
Robert Colbert Thomas Morely
Carroll O'Connor Matt Keenan
Parley Baer Bosworth
June Blair Paula Thornwall
Sandra Edwards Lucy Callahan
Andra Martin Laura Mayberry
Technical Credits
Vincent Sherman Director
Malcolm C. Bert Art Director
Ernest Gold Score Composer
George James Hopkins Set Decoration/Design
Roy Huggins Producer, Screenwriter
Harry Kleiner Screenwriter
J. Peverell Marley Cinematographer
Howard Shoup Costumes/Costume Designer
William H. Ziegler Editor
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