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The Walls of Jericho (1948)

After County Attorney Dave Connors helps Julia Norman with her shiftless father, Jefferson Norman, she leaves Jericho, Kansas to college to study for a law degree.A few years later, Algeria... See full summary »

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John M. Stahl

Writers:

Lamar Trotti, Paul Wellman (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cornel Wilde ... Dave Connors
Linda Darnell ... Algeria Wedge
Anne Baxter ... Julia Norman
Kirk Douglas ... Tucker Wedge
Ann Dvorak ... Belle Connors
Marjorie Rambeau ... Mrs. Dunham
Henry Hull ... Jefferson Norman
Colleen Townsend ... Marjorie Ransome
Barton MacLane ... Gotch McCurdy
Griff Barnett ... Judge Hutto
William Tracy ... Cully Caxton
Art Baker ... Peddigrew
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After County Attorney Dave Connors helps Julia Norman with her shiftless father, Jefferson Norman, she leaves Jericho, Kansas to college to study for a law degree.A few years later, Algeria Wedge, the new bride of Dave's best friend, Tucker Wedge, makes overtures and plays for Dave, much to the displeasure of Dave's hard-drinking wife Belle. Angered by Dave's rebuffs, Algeria induces the state political boss to back Tucker for a Congress race against Dave. Meanwhile, Julia has returned to Jericho, with her law degree, and she and Dave fall in love. But when Dave announces he won't run for Congress, she feels she is the reason and she takes a job in Kansas City. Tucker wins the election and he and Algeria go to Washington. Later, Tucker announces a run for the Senate and Dave decides to run against him. When Marjorie Ransome kills a drunk in self-defense, Julia returns to Jericho to work with Dave, now in private practice,on Marjorie's defense. The still-resentful Algeria moves to kill... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THE TOWN COULDN'T HOLD THESE PEOPLE and THEIR LOVE! (original ad - mostly caps) See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1948 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

As Muralhas de Jericó See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 8, 1955 with Cornel Wilde reprising his film role. See more »

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A Quiet Manipulator
29 December 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Walls Of Jericho finds both Cornel Wilde and Kirk Douglas as ambitious men and best friends who become estranged due to the behavior of their wives Ann Dvorak and Linda Darnell. Dvorak is an alcoholic and Darnell is a manipulator. The one thing that Darnell could not manipulate was an affair with Wilde who turned her down flat because of his friendship with Douglas. That sends Darnell into a quiet rage and her manipulations of people and events drives the film after that.

Also in the picture is Anne Baxter a female attorney in the ragtime era when such people were a rarity. She's the daughter of Henry Hull who was an attorney who Wilde admires, but who has fallen on bad times. She and Wilde hit it off professionally and personally, but when it looks like an affair might be in the offing, Baxter moves away.

However the arrest of young Colleen Townsend brings Wilde and Baxter together professionally. Townsend is charged with murdering town tough Barton MacLane and it will take some good lawyering to get her off. But that brings Darnell out who sees Wilde once again as a threat to her husband who is now a Congressman. And of course there's that ever present itch that Wilde has never scratched for her.

The Walls Of Jericho is a ragtime soap opera set in the Roosevelt-Taft era. The choice roles in this definitely are for the females with Darnell, Baxter, and Dvorak all making themselves memorable. In fact Baxter gets a chance at what is normally a male prerogative in the cinema, she gets to make a closing argument before a jury.

For reasons I don't understand this film is rarely seen and that does a disservice to the female cast members. This contains some of the best work any of the three leading ladies have done, especially Baxter. It will be a revelation if you get the chance to see this.


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