Town Without Pity (1961)

Review

No idea where this pity-free town is supposed to be. The action in Town Without Pity takes place in the German countryside, near a little village. They do play the crooning classic ‘Town Without Pity’ on every jukebox in the village at every opportunity (not to mention during the credits).

Kirk Douglas recalls the work he did four years earlier in Paths of Glory, this time as a lawyer representing four American military boys in Deutschland accused of gang raping a local fraulein. (Imagine how tepidly that plays out in a film 40 years old.) He tries to get them off (or one of them, at least) during a trial that plays out in a highschool gymnasium.

Curious but awfully tame, the female voice-over narration is one of the most intrusive in film history.