On Trial (1928)

91 mins | Mystery, Melodrama | 1 December 1928

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HISTORY

Two other films have been based on Elmer L. Rice's play, both entitled On Trial : a 1917 Essanay production, directed by James Young and starring Barbara Castleton and Sydney Ainsworth and a 1939 Warner Bros. production, directed by Terry Morse and starring Margaret Lindsay and John Litel (see entries above and ... More Less

Two other films have been based on Elmer L. Rice's play, both entitled On Trial : a 1917 Essanay production, directed by James Young and starring Barbara Castleton and Sydney Ainsworth and a 1939 Warner Bros. production, directed by Terry Morse and starring Margaret Lindsay and John Litel (see entries above and below).

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
EHW & MPW
1 Dec 1928
p. 59.
Film Daily
18 Nov 1928
p. 4.
New York Times
15 Nov 1928
p. 26.
Variety
21 Nov 1928
p. 30.
DETAILS
Release Date:
1 December 1928
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 15 November 1928
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
21 November 1928
Copyright Number:
LP25861
Physical Properties:
Sound
Vitaphone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si, 29 Dec 1928; 5,455 ft.
Duration(in mins):
91
Length(in feet):
9,290
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Robert Strickland is placed on trial for the murder of his business associate, Gerald Trask, and for the robbery of $20,000 from Trask's safe. Put on the stand, Strickland confesses his guilt and requests that the trial be terminated. The request is denied, and Mrs. Trask takes the stand, relating the events of the night of the murder: Strickland shot her husband and was immediately captured by Glover, her husband's secretary; a shadowy accomplice, however, escaped. The following day, Strickland's small daughter, Doris, is placed on the stand and informs the jury that on the day of the murder her father had discovered that her mother had spent the day with Trask. On the third day of the trial, Mrs. Strickland takes the stand and exposes Trask as a blackmailer and lecher. Glover is later discovered to have stolen the money, and Strickland, found innocent of the charge of premeditated murder, is released to find comfort with his loving ... +


Robert Strickland is placed on trial for the murder of his business associate, Gerald Trask, and for the robbery of $20,000 from Trask's safe. Put on the stand, Strickland confesses his guilt and requests that the trial be terminated. The request is denied, and Mrs. Trask takes the stand, relating the events of the night of the murder: Strickland shot her husband and was immediately captured by Glover, her husband's secretary; a shadowy accomplice, however, escaped. The following day, Strickland's small daughter, Doris, is placed on the stand and informs the jury that on the day of the murder her father had discovered that her mother had spent the day with Trask. On the third day of the trial, Mrs. Strickland takes the stand and exposes Trask as a blackmailer and lecher. Glover is later discovered to have stolen the money, and Strickland, found innocent of the charge of premeditated murder, is released to find comfort with his loving family. +

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