Trivia / Anatomy of a Murder

  • Actor Allusion: During trial, Jimmy Stewart (in character, as Paul Biegler) invokes his own famous "country bumpkin" persona to win the jury's sympathy.
  • AFI's 10 Top 10:
    • #7, Courtroom Drama
  • All-Star Cast: Jimmy Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, Eve Arden, George C. Scott, Arthur O' Connell, Murray Hamilton, Orson Bean, Army-McCarthy counsel Joseph N. Welch as Judge Weaver, and Duke Ellington in a cameo.
  • Banned in China: Chicago temporarily banned the movie for its use of "explicit language," such as...contraceptive, spermatogenesis, and intercourse. A federal court overruled the censor board when it determined that the usage of the words was technical rather than directly offensive.
  • California Doubling: Averted. The film was shot on location in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
  • Cast the Expert: Judge Weaver was played by Joseph N. Welch, a real-life lawyer who had represented the U.S. Army in the televised Army-McCarthy hearings in 1954.note  Welch joked that he took the role because "it looked like that was the only way I'd ever get to be a judge".
  • Playing Against Type:
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • Eve Arden's husband, Brooks West, plays the district attorney.
    • Mrs. Joseph N. Welch, real-life wife of the judge, is a member of the jury. It is reported that Judge Joseph Welch accepted his part in the movie if his wife could be on the jury.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Gregory Peck was considered for Paul Biegler.
    • Lana Turner was originally offered the role of Laura Manion. She agreed to take it on the condition that she would wear gowns designed exclusively by her personal couturier, Jean Louis. When Otto Preminger objected that such gowns were not suitable for the role, Turner turned down the part. Columbia was ready to give in to Turner's demands but Preminger resisted and gave the role to Lee Remick, then almost a beginner.
    • The role of Judge Weaver was offered to both Spencer Tracy and Burl Ives.
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