Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An African-American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.
Mississippi was eventually ruled out as a location due to the existing political conditions. Sparta, Illinois, was selected as the location, and the town's name in the story was changed to Sparta so that local signs would not need to be changed. The... ...
Ofcr. Sam Wood:
Where you keeping the pie tonight?
Ralph Henshaw, diner counterman: I ate the last piece just before you came in.
When Chief Gillespie keeps Virgil at his house they appear to be drinking a bottle of Wild Turkey bourbon. When the Chief gets up and walks out of the room the bottle is not on the table. This occurs just after the Chief tells Mr. Tibbs that he doesn't want his pity.
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