Bellamy Trial (1929)

Genres - Crime, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Courtroom Drama, Crime Thriller  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Popular silent-screen star Leatrice Joy made an adequate talking-picture debut in MGM's The Bellamy Trial. The film was based on a novel by Frances Noyes Hart, which in turn was allegedly inspired by a true story. Told in flashback form (a la Elmer Rice's On Trial), the story concerns the events leading up to the brutal murder of two-timing temptress Mimi Bellamy (Margaret Livingston). As Sue and Pat Ives (Leatrice Joy and George Barraud) fight for their lives in court, a pair of intrepid reporters (Betty Bronson, Edward Nugent) fall in love. Charles Middleton -- best known for his full-bodied performance as Ming the Merciless in the Flash Gordon serials -- delivers the most impressive performance as a ruthless district attorney. Completed as a silent film, The Bellamy Trial was partially reshot as a talkie -- the second MGM release to undergo this treatment (the first was William Haines' Jimmy Valentine).

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couple, court [law], death, false-accusation, killing, love, love-triangle, murder, trial [courtroom], ugly