Playhouse 90 (1956–1961)
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Judgment at Nuremberg 

In the later stages of the Nuremberg Trials, four German judges are accused of perverting the course of justice.


George Roy Hill


Abby Mann


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Claude Rains ... Judge Dan Haywood
Paul Lukas ... Ernst Janning
Maximilian Schell ... Otto Rolfe
Martin Milner ... Captain Byers
Melvyn Douglas ... Gen. Parker
Ludwig Donath ... Dr. Wickert
Peter Capell ... Geuter
Werner Klemperer ... Emil Hahn
Albert Szabo Albert Szabo ... Rudolph Petersen
Marketa Kimbrell ... Maria Wallner
Torben Meyer ... Werner Lammpe
Gregory Gaye ... Frederich Hoffstetter (as Gregory Gay)
Wendell Holmes Wendell Holmes ... Judge Ives
Alex Gerry ... Judge Norris
Oliver McGowan Oliver McGowan ... Senator


In the later stages of the Nuremberg Trials, four German judges are accused of perverting the course of justice.

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Release Date:

16 April 1959 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Maximilian Schell won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Hans Rolfe (the renamed version of Otto Rolfe) in the film version Judgment at Nuremberg (1961). This made him the first of only two actors to win an Oscar for a role that he originally played on television. The second was Cliff Robertson, won won the same award for his role as Charly Gordon in Charly (1968). Robertson originally played the role in The United States Steel Hour: The Two Worlds of Charlie Gordon (1961). See more »


Remade as Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) See more »

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Oscar-winning role on TV
29 September 2007 | by S_ProwskySee all my reviews

I think it's quiet funny that Maximilian Schell plays the role of Hans Rolfe in this TV-episode. Two years later, he plays it again, this time in the real movie "Judgment at Nuremberg". This role gained him an Oscar. I think it's the only time that an actor wins an Oscar for an character he previously played on TV.

But maybe I'm wrong and there is another example for such an unusual case.

Post if you can imagine one or what you think about this.

PS: Maximilian Schell was also the first German speaking actor to win the Oscar for best actor since 1929, which is also the year of the first Oscar ceremony ever.

PPS: At this time he was also the second youngest actor ever to win the Oscar after Marlon Brando in "On the Waterfront". Today he is the fourth youngest after Adrian Brody, Richard Dreyfuss and Marlon Brando.

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