Sergeant Ryker (1968)

86 mins | Melodrama | 1968

Director:

Buzz Kulik

Producer:

Frank Telford

Cinematographer:

Walter Strenge

Production Designer:

John J. Lloyd

Production Company:

Roncom Films
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HISTORY

Originally presented on NBC's "Kraft Suspense Theatre" as a two-part episode The Case Against Paul Ryker ; c10 Oct 1963, 17 Oct 1963; LP29836, LP29837; telecast on the same days as registered for ... More Less

Originally presented on NBC's "Kraft Suspense Theatre" as a two-part episode The Case Against Paul Ryker ; c10 Oct 1963, 17 Oct 1963; LP29836, LP29837; telecast on the same days as registered for copyright. More Less

DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Case Against Paul Ryker
Premiere Information:
Charlotte, North Carolina, opening: 18 February 1968
Copyright Claimant:
Roncom Films
Copyright Date:
2 March 1968
Copyright Number:
LP38592
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
PathéColor
Duration(in mins):
86
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

During the Korean War, Sgt. Paul Ryker is arrested as a traitor, convicted, and sentenced to hang. His wife, Ann, charges that the trial was unfair and persuades the prosecuting attorney, Capt. David Young, to conduct a personal investigation. Convinced that, at least technically, Ryker's defense was improperly handled, Young attempts to investigate Ryker's claim that he was sent behind North Korean lines on a secret mission by Colonel Chalmers (who is now dead) to plug a security leak. Young talks Gen. Amos Bailey into granting a stay of execution and a new trial, and appointing Young as Ryker's defense attorney. Young's efforts to help Ryker are complicated, however, when Ryker flies into a rage upon learning that Young has fallen in love with Ann. The new prosecuting attorney, Major Whitaker, produces two witnesses who add seemingly more proof of Ryker's defection, and the defendant only makes matters worse by losing his temper during cross-examination, bluntly stating that he has received only abuse from his own countrymen whereas the enemy made him an officer and treated him with honor. Even Young now feels that Ryker's case is lost, but last-minute testimony from Sgt. Max Winkler convinces the court that the dead colonel frequently gave secret orders without keeping an official record. Ryker is finally acquitted, and Ann decides to remain with her ... +


During the Korean War, Sgt. Paul Ryker is arrested as a traitor, convicted, and sentenced to hang. His wife, Ann, charges that the trial was unfair and persuades the prosecuting attorney, Capt. David Young, to conduct a personal investigation. Convinced that, at least technically, Ryker's defense was improperly handled, Young attempts to investigate Ryker's claim that he was sent behind North Korean lines on a secret mission by Colonel Chalmers (who is now dead) to plug a security leak. Young talks Gen. Amos Bailey into granting a stay of execution and a new trial, and appointing Young as Ryker's defense attorney. Young's efforts to help Ryker are complicated, however, when Ryker flies into a rage upon learning that Young has fallen in love with Ann. The new prosecuting attorney, Major Whitaker, produces two witnesses who add seemingly more proof of Ryker's defection, and the defendant only makes matters worse by losing his temper during cross-examination, bluntly stating that he has received only abuse from his own countrymen whereas the enemy made him an officer and treated him with honor. Even Young now feels that Ryker's case is lost, but last-minute testimony from Sgt. Max Winkler convinces the court that the dead colonel frequently gave secret orders without keeping an official record. Ryker is finally acquitted, and Ann decides to remain with her husband. +

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