Query (1945)

Genres - Crime, Mystery, Thriller  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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Future "Doctor Who" star William Hartnell dominates the proceedings in the British drama Query. The story concerns a young stevedore who is falsely accused of manslaughter, and is shipped off to prison. Upon his release, the now-elderely protagonist wreaks vengeance on the man responsible for framing him. The legal question arising from all this is a delicate one: Is there truly such a thing as a justifiable murder, and can a man successfully plead in court that it is his legal right to take the law in his own hands? It's a tricky premise, but one carried off with expertise by star Hartnell and writer-director Montgomery Tully. Based on a story by "Seamark", Query bears a strong (perhaps too strong) resemblance to the old Elmer Rice play It is the Law.

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convict, ethics, ex-convict, false-accusation, frame-up, injustice, investigation, killing, lawyer, morale, murder, prison, revenge, sentence [penal system], suspect