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Tattered Dress, The (Universal 1957, Jeff Chandler, Philip Reed)



Jeff Chandler stars as James Gordon Blane, an attorney who finds trouble in a small Nevada town when he defends a wealthy playboy accused of murder (Philip Reed). Michael and Charleen Reston (Reed and Elaine Stewart) hire Blane after Michael is suspected of killing a bartender–and Blane wins the case. But the local sheriff (Jack Carson) wants revenge after the ‘not guilty’ verdict, and he plots a seedy scheme to nail Blane for crimes he didn’t commit.

The Tattered Dress costar Elaine Stewart had a short career on TV game shows 10 years after starring in her last film. In the 1970s, she appeared on Gambit and High Rollers, two shows executive produced by her husband, Merrill Heatter.

production details
USA | Universal Pictures | 93 minutes | 1957

Director: Jack Arnold
Producer: Albert Zugsmith
Director of Photography: Carl E. Guthrie
Editing: Edward Curtiss
Music:Frank Skinner
Script: George Zuckerman
Art Direction: Alexander Golitzen, Bill Newberry

Elaine Stewart as Charleen Reston
William Schallert as Court Clerk
Jeff Chandler as James Gordon Blane
Paul Birch as Prosecutor Frank Mitchell
Jeanne Crain as Diane Blane
Alexander Lockwood as Paul Vernon
Jack Carson as Sheriff Nick Hoak
Gail Russell as Carol Morrow
George Tobias as Billy Giles
Edward Andrews as Lester Rawlings
Phillip Reed as Michael Reston
Edward Platt as Ralph Adams, Reporter (as Edward C. Platt)
Edwin Jerome as Judge David L. Johnson
June McCall as Girl at Slot Machine
Frank J. Scannell as Cal Morrison, Blackjack Dealer (as Frank Scannell)
Floyd Simmons as Larry Bell
Ziva Rodann as Woman on Train (as Ziva Shapir)
Marina Orschel as Girl by Pool
Ingrid Goude as Girl by Pool
Charles Herbert as Johnny Blane