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They Won't Forget

Released Oct 9, 1937 1h 34m Drama List
Reviews 84% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
The town of Flodden is in an uproar when a pretty student is found dead on Confederate Memorial Day, but District Attorney Griffin (Claude Rains) sees it as an opportunity. Thinking the case could propel him into the U.S. Senate, he begins an extensive smear campaign against the girl's teacher, Robert Hale (Edward Norris), an outsider who hails from New York. Despite only circumstantial evidence, Hale is convicted, and locals threaten vigilante justice if he isn't executed. Read More Read Less

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Ann Ross Maclean's Magazine It may not be popular with a large circle of movie-goers. But no one who sees it is likely to forget it. Jul 19, 2019 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Inspired by facts, LeRoy has made a powerful tale of mob violence Rated: A- May 7, 2011 Full Review Read all reviews

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Leo P Who killed Mary Clay?We have no answer after watching the whole movie.The murderer gets away scot- free.We also learn that anyone can be wrongly prosecuted,jailed,and executed.Very frightening! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/10/24 Full Review Steve D Solid story but Rains does some of his worst work. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/09/24 Full Review Audience Member Feels very much ahead of its time, and a sort of a predecessor to films like Ace in the Hole. Good script and story. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Regional prejudice overshadows this whole film, inspired by events 20 years earlier. An interesting peek into public perceptions in an era before phones & films were common place. Loved the elderly veterans - who were nearly old enough to remember that war. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member this movie gets 3 stars plus an extra star 4 the film debut of lana turner and what a debut thru this movie she became USA's sweater grrl! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review dave j Friday, November 12, 2010 (1937) They Won't Forget DRAMA Based on an actual incident in 1913 in which the mob dictates or overshadow a decision made by the courts involving a death or a murder of a teenage school girl! A very poor variation of another film about this same social commentary called "The Ox-Bow Incident"! The problem with this film is the way it was handled in which the film first shows a connection between the girl who was murdered and the unknown person walking up the stairs without a solidified connection resulting to what really happened! This film plays and jerks with it's audience leaving absolutely no resolution! Movie's also known for Lana Turner's though small, first movie screen debut! 1.5 out of 4 Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis The town of Flodden is in an uproar when a pretty student is found dead on Confederate Memorial Day, but District Attorney Griffin (Claude Rains) sees it as an opportunity. Thinking the case could propel him into the U.S. Senate, he begins an extensive smear campaign against the girl's teacher, Robert Hale (Edward Norris), an outsider who hails from New York. Despite only circumstantial evidence, Hale is convicted, and locals threaten vigilante justice if he isn't executed.
Director
Mervyn LeRoy
Producer
Mervyn LeRoy
Screenwriter
Robert Rossen, Aben Kandel
Distributor
Warner Bros.
Production Co
Warner Bros.
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Oct 9, 1937, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Nov 18, 2016
Runtime
1h 34m