The Tattered Dress
|The Tattered Dress|
Jeff Chandler in trailer for film
|Directed by||Jack Arnold|
|Produced by||Albert Zugsmith|
|Release date(s)||March 14, 1957|
|Running time||93 mins.|
|Box office||$1.43 million (US rentals)|
The Tattered Dress is a 1957 film directed by Jack Arnold.
In a California resort community, a wealthy Michael Reston is charged with the murder of a man he claimed attacked his wife, Charleen.
Reston hires a high-priced lawyer, James Gordon Blane, a man known to do anything it takes to win a case. Blane makes few friends in the community because the victim was a popular figure while the Restons are not popular with anyone. But his skillful cross-examination of a sheriff, Nick Hoak, results in Blane's client being found not guilty.
Hoak decides to get even. He claims to have evidence that Blane bribed a woman on the jury. Now it is Blane who goes on trial, with only his estranged wife, Diane, coming to his aid. While defending himself, Blane begins to feel remorse over having won acquittals for so many guilty clients.
Blane ultimately is vindicated when the juror, Carol Morrow, turns out to be romantically involved with Hoak, the sheriff. Morrow gets some revenge of her own as the Blanes reconcile and leave town for good.
- "Top Grosses of 1957", Variety, 8 January 1958: 30
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