Cinema: New Picture, Apr. 29, 1957

Twelve Angry Men (Orion-Nova; United Artists). "And wretches hang," wrote Alexander Pope, "that jurymen may dine." The force of Pope's words came home to Television Playwright Reginald Rose when he served on a New York jury. In 1954, in a 50-minute playlet produced on CBS, he threw a harsh light on the dangers inherent in trial by jury. He sat a national audience in the jury box and let them find out for themselves what an abyss of conscience the plank of constitutional law is laid across, and how it feels in the pit of an honest juryman's stomach when he...

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