TV Movie | Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History
The story of Clarence Earl Gideon and his fight for the right to have publicly funded legal counsel for the needy.
John Houseman's character is never identified by name, but historically, the Chief Justice at that time (1961) was Earl Warren.
If an obscure Florida convict named Clarence Earl Gideon had not sat down in prison with a pencil and paper to write a letter to the Supreme Court; and if the Supreme Court had not taken the trouble to look at the merits in that one crude petition ...
In the first trial, when the bailiff is swearing in Lester Wade, he instructs him to "raise your right hand" [the audio of this is clipped]. However, Lester actually places his right hand on the bible and raises his left hand. On all other occasions in the movie, witnesses actually raise their right hands (and put their left hands on the bible) when being sworn in.