Not Rated | | Crime, Drama
A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.
Lee J. Cobb's character insults Juror #12 by calling him "the boy in the gray flannel suit". One year before the release of this film, Cobb starred in The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956), which also featured Joseph Sweeney (Juror #9).
Man in corridor:
You did a wonderful job, wonderful job!
Judge: To continue, you've listened to a long and complex case, murder in the first degree. Premeditated murder is the most serious charge tried in our criminal courts. You've listened to the testimony, you've had ...
Juror #8 (link=nm0000020]) bought a knife and shows it to the jury in order to refute the idea that the boy's knife is one of a kind. As pointed out in the discussion revolving around the knife, it is illegal to buy/sell/own a switchblade knife. After the jurors have left the room at the end, the camera pans across the jury room table and the knife #8 purchased is still laying on the table. Whoever cleans that jury room and finds that knife will certainly report it to the bailiff or an officer, thus leaving #8 open to possible arrest for possessing the knife should they investigate and learn where the knife came from.
At the end of the film, the actors are billed in order of their juror numbers; thus Henry Fonda, although the star of the film, appears 8th.