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directed by John Larkin
USA 19
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Circumstantial Evidence is so expertly acted and directed that the audience is willing to forget its gaping logic holes. Pugnacious family man Joe Reynolds (Milo O'Shea), blowing his top as usual, threatens violence to an unlikeable storekeeper (Ben Welden). When the latter is killed, Joe is arrested for murder. Thanks to circumstantial evidence and faulty eyewitness accounts, Joe is sentenced to death in what seems to be a matter of days-and never mind that the defense attorney hasn't the presence of mind to enter medical testimony into the record. While awaiting his fate on death row (one of the nicest, most inviting death rows in cinema history), Joe is regularly visited by his young son Pat (Billy Cummings), who has always believed in his dad's innocence. For Pat's sake, Joe escapes from prison on the eve of his execution. Meanwhile Pat and a family friend, postman Sam Lord (Lloyd Nolan), have sought out the eyewitnesses whose testimony cinched Joe's conviction; with a little gentle persuasion, the witnesses probe their memories and realize that they were mistaken, and that the victim's death was accidental. Armed with this new evidence, Pat and Sam convince Joe to break back into jail so that his release can be secured through the proper channels.

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Theatrical Release: April 22nd, 1945

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:07:30
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.80 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital 1.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: October 15th, 2013
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While I liked the 'feel', actors and premise - Circumstantial Evidence is a head-scratcher. At only slightly longer than an hour - it can strangely be... befuddling. It certainly has some Noir-leaning but, unfortunately, the less-realistic twists don't produce a feature that gels with expectations.

It's standard single-layered DVD-R and progressive in the original 1.33:1 aspect ratio. It looks very good. This is labeled under 20th Century Fox's "Cinema Archives" banner and the image is impressive - looking clean with solid contrast. The disc supports the film with a fine SD transfer.

The mono sound is decent but unremarkable and there are no subtitles offered, nor any supplements.

It's nice to see this film available, although it is, certainly, not one of the 'cycle' essentials by any stretch. This might be limited to fans of Nolan or those forgiving or weaknesses but keen on the era crime-dramas.  

  - Gary Tooze

 



 

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