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Compulsion (1959)

Compulsion (1959)  is an interesting twist on the infamous thrill killing "Crime of the Century" committed by Leopold and Loebin the 1920s. Historically, the case had influence in America in ending the death penalty for murder. Dean Stockwell and Bradford Dillman play the rich young  degenerates who engage in the most shocking of crimes. Orson Welles plays Clarence Darrow, the defense lawyer who is responsible for helping them to avoid the hangman's noose.   The award winning performances  lead  one through a thorough workout for the moral faculties on issues of captial punishment.


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See the Clarence Darrow summation scene by Orson Welles in "Compulsion" (1959)