After spending many years as a doctor in London, not in posh Mayfair practice with rich patients but in a National Health Clinic, the past seems very distant to Dr. Adam Kelno. When his wife brings home a copy of Abe Cady's best-selling book "The Holocaust," he becomes enraged when she points out one page in the book which names him as war criminal who castrated Jews in a concentration camp without anesthetic at the Nazis behest. Feeling safe with his knighthood, Kelno insists on suing Cady for libel despite the pleas of his wife and son, who believe it's not with the stress and adverse publicity that will result. When his own lawyer finds that Cady, with the help of Lady Margret, has retained Tom Bannister, England's foremost barrister, he advises Kelno to settle out of court, but filled with righteous indignation and a lot of hubris, Sir Adam wants to press forward with the case... to his ultimate regret.
Did You Know?
Uris' source novel novel is partially based on a libel action brought against the author in relation to his earlier novel "Exodus" by Dr. Wladislaw Dering, a Polish physician who worked at Auschwitz. Ultimately Dr Dering was awarded a half-penny damages, the smallest possible amount at the time and he had to pay Uris; court costs. See more
Ben Gazzara is about to have lunch in a smart London club in 1946. The exterior establishing shot clearly shows two London Routemaster buses in near close-up even though this bus did not enter service until the late fifties (it wasn't even designed until 1954). See more
[Pleading with his father not to sue
I understand that you want revenge, but I know that revenge can sometimes be just as damaging to the victor as it is to the loser.