Burgess Meredith
Director: Alfred Santell Cast: Burgess Meredith
Burgess Meredith
, Margo
, Eduardo Ciannelli
Eduardo Ciannelli
Alfred Santell

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Maxwell Anderson combined the Sacco-Vanzetti story with elements of the still-unsolved disappearance of Judge Crater, and the result was the blank-verse theatrical piece Winterset. Burgess Meredith, Margo and Eduardo Cianelli repeat their Broadway roles, respectively playing the grown son of an executed political radical, the woman who loves and stands by Meredith, and a menacing gangster with plenty to hide. 15 years after the execution, Meredith endeavors to clear his father's name, and to that end seeks out the judge (Edward Ellis) who presided over the trial, now a drunken, guilt-ridden derelict. Screenwriter Anthony Veiller remove most of Anderson's flowery dialogue and substituted a happy ending for the original play's cynically tragic denouement. Neither of these changes hurt the property, and in fact were heartily endorsed by Maxwell Anderson himself. But depression-era audiences, too wrapped in their own current problems to shed tears over the long-dead Sacco and Vanzetti, stayed away from Winterset in droves.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/29/2017
UPC: 0889290440396
Original Release: 1936
Source: Film Detective
Time: 1:17:00
Sales rank: 62,571

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Burgess Meredith Mio
Margo Mariamne
Eduardo Ciannelli Trock
John Carradine Romagna
Edward Ellis Judge Gaunt
Paul Guilfoyle Garth
Maurice Moscovich Esdra
Stanley Ridges Shadow
Willard Robertson Policeman
Mischa Auer Radical
Myron McCormick Carr
Helen Jerome Eddy Mrs. Romagna
Barbara Pepper A Girl
Alec Craig Hobo
Fernanda Eliscu Piny
George Humbert Lucia
Murray Alper Louie
Paul Fix Joe
Lucille Ball Girl
Bobby Caldwell Mio as a Boy
Grace Hayle Woman
Al Hill Gangster
Otto Hoffman Elderly Man
Arthur Loft District Attorney
Alan Curtis Sailor

Technical Credits
Alfred Santell Director
Maxwell Anderson Screenwriter
Pandro S. Berman Producer
Perry Ferguson Production Designer
Willaim Hamilton Editor
J. Peverell Marley Cinematographer
Nathaniel Shilkret Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Max Steiner Score Composer
Anthony Veiller Screenwriter
Vernon Walker Special Effects
Roy Webb Score Composer

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