“Anatomy of a Murder” (1959)

New to the Criterion Collection, you know the iconic movie poster for Anatomy of a Murder, even if you haven’t seen the film. And you should see the film.

I’m just a humble country lawyer trying to do the best I can against this brilliant prosecutor from the big city of Lansing.

Jimmy Stewart is that “humble” lawyer, Eve Arden is his sassy secretary, Lee Remick is the femme fatale, and Ben Gazzara her husband, accused of murder. Duke Ellington did the music and has a cameo, George C. Scott is terrific as a city lawyer, and the whole thing is just kind of jaw dropping for its subject matter and its all-over-the-map tone. Bizarre, but entertaining.

3 Responses to ““Anatomy of a Murder” (1959)”

  1. Kate Says:

    I loooove the idea of a big city lawyer from Lansing. We’re a bunch of sharks, we are.

  2. Kerry Says:

    This is one of my favorite movies. Every time I watch it, I find myself focusing in on a different character or aspect. I was happy to find out Lee Remick was dead instead of not acting due to a lack of roles for women of her age.

  3. girldetective Says:

    I am embarrassed to say that I associate Lee Remick most with her role in the TV miniseries Mistral’s Daughter. In my younger years, that was my favorite book.