The Rack (1956) DVD5
"The Rack" focuses on the return of Capt. Edward Hall Jr., a Korean war vet touted as a hero, the son of a distinguished colonel. Having spent some time in a POW camp, Hall is obviously a man struggling with physical and emotional anguish. However, in classic Serling fashion, commenting on the issues of both humanity and current events, Hall is branded by a traitor, once by a fellow comrade (Lee Marvin in a very low-key, brief but intense performance) and once, officially by a military tribunal. Faced with defending his honor and actions, Hall becomes the victim of a passive aggressive witch-hunt: fellow soldiers look on him with scorn or confusion, the tribunal responsible for determining his guilt or innocence remains stoic and clinical, and his own family is intensely split down the middle. His only allies are his defense attorney (Edmond O'Brien) and widowed sister-in-law, Aggie (Anne Francis), while his biggest foe is his distant, patriotic father (Walter Pidgeon in an understated, almost equally complex role) who coldly asks, "why couldn't you have died nobly like your brother?"

DVD5 | NTSC 16:9 | 01:40:02 | 4.02 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: none
Genre: Drama, War

Director: Arnold Laven
Cast: Paul Newman, Wendell Corey, Walter Pidgeon, Edmond O'Brien, Anne Francis, Lee Marvin, Cloris Leachman
Country: USA

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