The Golden Age of Hollywood
(Post 8 of 50)
Twelve Angry Men has the dramatically simple setting of a jury room where there are twelve jurors about to decide on a seemingly open and shut case until one juror (Henry Fonda) isn't quite so sure of the defendant's guilt. Classic story, expertly directed, wonderfully acted-what more could you ask for? Would also love to see this on stage some day.
And the Elisha Cook Jr. supporting player award goes to…An eleven way tie between Martin Balsam, John Fiedler, Lee J. Cobb, E. G. Marshall, Jack Klugman, Edward Binns, Jack Warden, Joseph Sweeny, Ed Begley, George Voskevec and Robert Webber. Co-stars like Fonda has in this film are one of the reasons I like to give away my imaginary award in the first place. All the supporting parts are significant and all are performed by top-notch actors, many who would be seen in movies and television for years to come.