Anatomy of a Murder

Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

No search of human emotions has ever probed so deeply, so truthfully as… Anatomy of a Murder.

  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
  • Release Date: 1959-01-07
  • User Rating: 7.8/10 from 926 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)
Camera Sam Leavitt Director of Photography
Sound Jack Solomon Sound Designer
Camera Irving Rosenberg Camera Operator
Writing Wendell Mayes Screenplay
Editing Louis R. Loeffler Editor
Lighting James Almond Lighting Technician
Directing Otto Preminger Director
Sound Duke Ellington Original Music Composer
Production Otto Preminger Producer
Art Boris Leven Production Design
Sound Richard Carruth Sound Designer
Crew Irving W. Sindler Property Master
Costume & Make-Up Paula Giokaris Costume Design
Crew John D. Voelker Technical Supervisor
Costume & Make-Up Norman Pringle Makeup Artist
Camera Al St. Hilaire Still Photographer
Costume & Make-Up Harry Ray Makeup Artist
Editing John Loeffler Assistant Editor
Directing Hal W. Polaire Assistant Director
Directing David Silver Assistant Director
Costume & Make-Up Vou Lee Giokaris Costume Design
Directing Kathleen Fagan Script Supervisor
Costume & Make-Up Del Armstrong Makeup Artist
Production Henry Weinberger Production Manager
Sound Don Hall Sound Effects Editor
Directing Ray Taylor Jr. Assistant Director
Costume & Make-Up Hope Bryce Costume Design
Editing Michael Vittes Assistant Editor
Camera Gjon Mili Still Photographer
Production Max Slater Producer's Assistant
Camera Leo McCreary Key Grip
Costume & Make-Up Myrl Stoltz Hairdresser
Sound Richard Carruth Music Editor
Costume & Make-Up Vou Lee Giokaris Wardrobe Master
Costume & Make-Up Michael Harte Wardrobe Master
Art Saul Bass Title Designer
Sound Jack Solomon Sound
Writing John D. Voelker Novel
Costume & Make-Up Hope Bryce Costume Coordinator
Art Howard Bristol Set Dresser
Costume & Make-Up Madine Danks Hairdresser
Art Ken Walton Props