But at least this way I had no idea what was going to happen next in the book; that was nice. Oh, and Lee Remick is perfect as Laura Manion. This is a book that requires the right mindset. The other images from popular media, though, the ones of lawyers seizing on any slender possibility that could remotely work in their favor? Those can stay.
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But at least this way I had no idea what was going to happen next in the book; that was nice. Oh, and Lee Remick is perfect as Laura Manion. This is a book that requires the right mindset. The other images from popular media, though, the ones of lawyers seizing on any slender possibility that could remotely work in their favor? Those can stay. It had to be made into a movie; every page screams it. And, of course, former DA Paul Biegler Jimmy Stewart well, not in the book, except in my head said it himself: "The case has everything.
Rape, murder. Even a little dog. Voelker under the pen name Robert Traver. Voelker based the novel on a murder case in which he was the defense attorney. Former DA Paul Biegler is pulled away from his fishing to consider taking the case for the defense. So he puts down his fishing rod and goes to the jail, and finds it a tough call: the Manions have no money. It was revenge. I tend to doubt very many writers nowadays would quite have the gall to use phrases like Traver does.
A "blouseful" indeed. And the handling of the rape and the discussion of it is … interesting, a blend of euphemism and clinical directness from everyone concerned, with almost no emotion whatsoever. Her own reactions are the only real weak point of the book, perhaps excusable by the male first person point of view: clueless.
The film version was directed and produced by Otto Preminger, but — rape aside — I could easily see this as a Capra film. And why? What exactly is the truth, and should this man be allowed out of jail? In a book. It has to be exhilarating. And it all comes down to a nail-biter, complete with a last-minute curveball and an epilogue that will leave you blinking.
Characterization is vivid and colorful - and so is the setting. Dialogue is natural; supernatural, actually, in its wittiness and quickness - this is the way I wish I could talk except less chauvinistic. And the story is gripping. Side note: I find this other comment from the Wikipedia entry for the movie nauseatingly unsettling: "The Lumberjack Tavern is still in existence today.
The murder scene body outline is still there, although it is possibly a restoration and not the original outline.
Anatomy of a Murder
Production[ edit ] The Marquette County Courthouse was used for courthouse scenes. Some scenes were filmed in the Thunder Bay Inn in Big Bay, one block from the Lumberjack Tavern, the site of the murder that inspired much of the novel. The reliance on credibility of witnesses, and the "finding of facts" based upon those determinations, is the " Achilles heel " of the judicial process. The only plausible legal defense Lt.
John D. Voelker