When the atheistic ranting of Irish-American author James Mulcahy upsets the inhabitants of the Irish village to which he has retired, a mob threatens him. But moments after he has dared God to strike him dead, a stranger appears and does so. The man, dubbed “Johnny Nobody” by the press, claims no knowledge of Mulcahy or even of himself. He asks the help of the village priest, Father Carey, in his upcoming trial for Mulcahy’s murder. While the amnesiac Johnny goes to trial, Father Carey mulls questions of belief raised by the case. And then, the good father learns a little more about Johnny Nobody…
Director: Nigel Patrick.
Writers: Albert Z. Carr, (story “The Trial of Johnny Nobody”), Patrick Kirwan.
Stars: Nigel Patrick, Yvonne Mitchell, William Bendix, Aldo Ray, Cyril Cusack, Bernie Winters, Niall MacGinnis, Noel Purcell, Eddie Byrne, John Welsh, Joe Lynch, Jimmy O’Dea, J.G. Devlin, Christopher Casson, Michael Brennan, Norman Rodway, May Craig, Gerry Sullivan, T.P. McKenna, Geoffrey Golden, Seamus Healy, Desmond O’Neill, Vincent Dowling, Gerard Healy, Tom Irwin, Philip O’Flynn, Austin Meldon, Michael O’Duffy, Gearold O’Lochlain, Ann Clery, Frank Howard, Danny Cummins, Derry O’Donavan, Eddie Golden, Ronnie Walsh, James Neylin, Frank O’Donovan.
Cinematographer: Ted Moore.
Composer: Ron Goodwin.
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Mildly engaging mediocre melodramer held aloft by Nigel Patrick’s heavy and sincere leading performmance, But truth be told, the narrative is a little too close to WITNESS FOE THE PROSECUTION to be engaging or exciting. The need for the heavy-handed climax rings totally false.. Still, I have looked for several decades trying to watch this fil.m. Thanks for finding it, Jon.