Anatomy of a Murder

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Anatomy of a Murder is a 1959 American trial court drama film.[1][2] It was directed by Otto Preminger and adapted by Wendell Mayes from the best-selling novel of the same name written by Michigan Supreme Court Justice John D. Voelker under the pen name Robert Traver. Voelker based the novel on a 1952 murder case in which he was the defense attorney.[3] It stars James Stewart, George C. Scott, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, Arthur O'Connell, Eve Arden, Kathryn Grant, Brooks West (Arden's real-life husband),[4] Orson Bean, and Murray Hamilton.[5] The judge was played by Joseph N. Welch, a real-life lawyer famous for berating Joseph McCarthy during the Army-McCarthy Hearings.[6]

The film is famous as one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to talk frankly about sex and rape. It includes one of Saul Bass's most celebrated title sequences an innovative musical score by Duke Ellington, and has been described by a law professor as "probably the finest pure trial movie ever made".[7]


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