What do Duck Soup, Anatomy of a Murder, The Story of Temple Drake, and Adam’s Rib have in common? Whether dramas, comedies, or tragedies, they’re all courtroom movies. What’s your favorite?

Second Sight Cinema and Cinemaven’s Essays from the Couch are pleased as punch to announce our upcoming blogathon, Order in the Court!, to celebrate the movies we love about justice, blind justice, blonde justice,  show trials, and miscarriages of justice.

Mark your calendars: Court will be in session starting June 10 and running through June 13.

Rules: Anything from the dawn of cinema to 2000—we’re throwing it wide open to go beyond our blogs’ usual classic film orientation and include more recent favorites, and since we were able to find 110 eligible movies, there will be no duplicates allowed. You’re not restricted to movies where most of the action is in the courthouse; any movie including an important trial scene (or inquest or congressional inquiry) is, er, legal.

A few examples to get you started:
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Awful Truth
The Verdict
Madame X (all four versions)
The Postman Always Rings Twice
Godfather II
Rebecca
Vertigo
Roxie Hart
A Place in the Sun
Coquette
Reversal of Fortune
The Wet Parade
Miracle on 34th Street

To sign up, leave a comment here or on Theresa’s announcement, or tweet me @zleegaspar. Make sure to include your blog’s name and when you’d prefer to post, and we’ll confirm and get you on the roster.

Take a banner, and make sure to let your peeps and tweeps know what we’re up to…

See you in court!

The Roster (so far):

Serendipitous Anachronisms             12 Angry Men
Ms. Lake            The Accused
Colleen Collins Books             Adam’s Rib
Cinema Cities             Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Little Bits of Chaplin             The Awful Truth
The Great Katharine Hepburn             The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer
Michelle Sebastian Price           Cass Timberlane
Moon in Gemini          The Crucible
In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood       Deadline, U.S.A.
Flapper Dame          Disorder in the Court
Cinematic Scribblings          Divorce, Italian Style
Century Film Project          Dreyfuss short films (1899), dir. George Melies
Old Hollywood Films         A Free Soul (1931)
Critica Retro          Fury (1936)
Second Sight Cinema               I’m No Angel (1933)
Defiant Success              Inherit the Wind (1961)
Portraits by Jenni               Intruder in the Dust (1949)
The Stop Button              Knock on Any Door
Real Weegie Midget              Kramer vs Kramer
Flickin’ Out             Leave Her to Heaven
Meredy.com.            Madame X (1929)
Spineumbered            Miracle on 34th Street (1948)
Pre-Code.Com            The Mouthpiece
Midnite Drive In          My Cousin Vinny (1992)
Film Dirt              Nail in the Boot
Love Letters to Old Hollywood             The Notorious Landlady
Sometimes They Go to Eleven             The Ox-Bow Incident
Nitrate Diva          Paid (1930)
A Person in the Dark          Pandora’s Box
CineMaven          The Paradine Case 
Back in Golden Days          The Postman Always Rings Twice       
It’s a Beautiful Day             The Purple Heart (1944)
Movie Movie Blog Blog          “Scram!” (Laurel and Hardy short)
Girls Do Film           The Spy Who Came In from the Cold
Dreaming in the Balcony          State’s Attorney (1932)
Speakeasy          Stranger on the Third Floor
Silver Screenings          To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
F Is for Film           The Trial (1962)
The Grrrrr Can’t Help It           The Trial of Mary Dugan (1929/1941)
Cinema Crossroads             The Verdict (1982)
Caftan Woman             The Winslow Boy (1948)
Blog of the Darned             Witness for the Prosecution
Phyllis Loves Classic Movies             The Young Philadelphians (1959)
 
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