Director: Richard Fleischer
Writer: Richard Murphy
From novel: Compulsion by Meyer Levin
Music: Lionel Newman
Producer: Richard D. Zanuck
Keywords: True Crime, Roman à Clef, Courtroom
Two young law students, Judd Steiner and Arthur Strauss, decide to demonstrate they are above the law by committing a perfect crime. They kidnap and murder a young boy, demanding a ransom they have no intention of trying to collect. However, Judd's glasses were left at the scene and lead to their unraveling. Mirrors the Leopold & Loeb murder case of the 1920s, defended by Clarence Darrow, with names changed. Richard Fleischer's best work; compare Alfred Hitchcock's Rope (1948).
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