Twelve Angry Men (play)

1954 play adaptation by Reginald Rose

Twelve Angry Men is a play by Reginald Rose adapted from his 1954 teleplay of the same title for the CBS Studio One anthology television series. In this play, twelve jurors decide the fate of a boy on trial for murder.

  • "Boy-oh-boy! There's always one." pg 11
  • "Maybe for no reason. I don't know. Look, this boy's been kicked around all his life. You know-living in a slum his mother dead since he was nine. He spent a year and a half in an orphanage while his father served a jail term for forgery. That's not a very good head start. He's had a pretty terrible sixteen years. I think maybe we owe him a few words. That's all." pg 13
  • "I know they did, but I don't go along with it. The boy is five feet, seven inches tall. His father was six two. That's a difference of seven inches. It's a very awkward thing to stab down into the chest of someone who's more than half a foot taller than you are." pg 60
  • "It's very hard to keep personal prejudice out of a thing like this. And no matter where you run into it, prejudice obscures the truth." pg 66

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