An alcoholic, semi-retired criminal lawyer (Spencer Tracy) is exhorted to take the case of a neighborhood kid (James Arness) brought up on murder charges. When the counselor's courtroom rust and questionable tactics result in a conviction, however, what lengths will he go to for the exoneration of his client and himself? Intense early effort for John Sturges co-stars Pat O'Brien, Diana Lynn, John Hodiak; keep an eye out for Charles Bronson. 102 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.