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Trouble brews when a widowed, small town librarian takes a stand against censorship. The trouble begins when the town fathers ask that she remove a book from the shelf because they deem it a pro-communist tract and fear it will taint susceptible young minds. She sees the idiocy of their request and defies them. They in turn fire her and replace her with her old friend and assistant. The town judge considers the whole mess a gross miscarriage of justice and demands a trial. This gives an ambitious young lawyer, the boyfriend of the new librarian the opportunity to do a little grandstanding by publicly proclaiming the highly-principled widow a communist. The poor woman suddenly finds herself the town pariah; her only remaining friend is a small boy she used to talk to in the library. He plays a key role in restoring her good name. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi


Bette Davis
as Alicia Hull
Kim Hunter
as Martha Lockridge
Paul Kelly
as Judge Robert Ellerbe
Kevin Coughlin
as Freddie Slater
Joe Mantell
as George Slater
Curtis Cooksey
as Stacey Martin
Michael Raffetto
as Edgar Greenbaum
Edward Platt
as Rev. Wilson
Howard Wendell
as Sen. Bascomb
Burt Mustin
as Carl
Edith Evanson
as Mrs. Simmons
Joseph Kearns
as Mr. Morrisey
Ted Marc
as Bert
Rudy Lee
as Charlie
Malcolm Atterbury
as Frank
Budd Buster
as Bill
Eddie Parker
as Fireman
Brian Keith
as Paul Duncan
Budd Buster
as Bill
Eddie Parker
as Fireman
Malcolm Atterbury
as Frank


Daniel Taradash
Julian Blaustein
Daniel Taradash
Elick Moll
Burnett Guffey
George Duning
Composer (Music Score)
William Lyon
Cary O'Dell
Art Director
Frank A. Tuttle
Set Designer