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Overview

The Rack

The Korean conflict of the early '50s saw widespread use of psychological torture by the North Korean communists on enemy prisoners of war. That young American GIs cracked under this brainwashing at higher rates than the troops of our allies led to much soul searching within the military and the nation during that era. In Hollywood, this was most famously reflected in The Manchurian Candidate (1962), and lesser-known films like Time Limit (1955) and The Rack. The failure of all three films at the box office suggests that the public didn't care to be reminded of this painful issue. Paul Newman stars as Captain Edward W. Hall Jr., a career soldier being tried by a military court for collaborating with the enemy. As the son of a highly distinguished career officer (Walter Pidgeon), and with a brother who had been killed in the war, he is especially tormented by the accusations which have been brought against him. Although reluctant to take the case, Major Sam Moulton (Wendell Corey) elicits incriminating testimony from Hall, comparing him unfavorably with soldiers like Captain John Miller (Lee Marvin), who were able to withstand similar punishment. But defending attorney Lt. Colonel Frank Wasnick (Edmond O'Brien), makes the case that this new type of torture is a new and barely understood weapon, to which some will be more innately immune than others.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/01/2011
UPC: 0883316331200
Original Release: 1956
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:40:00
Sales rank: 69,375

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Newman Capt. Edward W. Hall, Jr.
Wendell Corey Maj. Sam Moulton
Walter Pidgeon Col. Edward W. Hall, Sr.
Edmond O'Brien Lt. Col. Frank Wasnick
Anne Francis Aggie Hall
Lee Marvin Capt. John R. Miller
Cloris Leachman Caroline
Robert Burton Col. Ira Hansen
Trevor Bardette Court President
Adam Williams Sgt. Otto Pahnke
James Best Millard Chilson Cassidy
Fay Roope Col. Dudley Smith
Barry Atwater Maj. Byron Phillips
David Blair Student
Robert Blake Italian Soldier
Charles Evans General
Dean Jones Lieutenant
Byron Kane Actor
Lois Kimbrell Army Nurse
Frank Mills Courtroom Spectator
Willard Sage Announcer
Ray Stricklyn Ryson
Rod Taylor Al
Robert Simon Law Officer

Technical Credits
Arnold Laven Director
Adolph Deutsch Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Harold Kress Editor
Arthur M. Loew Producer
Fred MacLean Set Decoration/Design
Marshall Neilan Editor
Merrill Pye Art Director
Robert Saunders Asst. Director
Stewart Stern Screenwriter
Charles M. Trammel Consultant/advisor
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Paul Vogel Cinematographer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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