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fritz_NP
lang_NP
's_POS
first_OD
american_JJ
film_NN
since_CS
leaving_VBG
nazi_JJ
germany_NP
,_,
is_BEZ
an_DT
eye-opener_NN
about_IN
a_DT
lynch_NN
mob_NN
in_IN
a_DT
small_JJ
town_NN
._.
joe_NP
wilson_NP
(_(
spencer_NP
tracy_NP
)_)
is_BEZ
a_DT
regular_JJ
joe_NP
,_,
a_DT
hard-working_JJ
stiff_JJ
,_,
a_DT
decent_JJ
guy_NN
,_,
who_WP
is_BEZ
living_VBG
with_IN
his_PP$
two_CD
brothers_NNS
,_,
tom_NP
(_(
walcott_NP
)_)
and_CC
charlie_NP
(_(
albertson_NP
)_)
,_,
in_IN
chicago_NP
._.
he_PP
is_BEZ
engaged_VBN
to_IN
katherine_NP
grant_NN
(_(
sylvia_NP
sidney_NP
)_)
,_,
but_CC
can't_MD
save_VB
up_RP
enough_RB
money_NN
to_IN
marry_VB
her_PP$
._.
she_PP
takes_VBZ
the_DT
train_NN
west_NN
for_IN
a_DT
better_JJR
paying_JJ
job_NN
as_IN
a_DT
teacher_NN
._.
before_IN
she_PP
departs_VBZ
,_,
she_PP
gives_VBZ
him_PP
the_DT
wedding_NN
ring_NN
her_PP
father_NN
gave_VBD
to_TO
her_PP$
mother_NN
,_,
sews_???
up_IN
his_PP$
ripped_VBD
trench_NN
coat_NN
,_,
corrects_VBZ
him_PP
when_CS
he_PP
mistakingly_RB
says_VBZ
the_DT
wrong_JJ
word_NN
for_IN
memento_NN
,_,
and_CC
kisses_NNS
him_PP
goodbye_UH
._.
a_DT
year_NN
goes_VBZ
by_IN
and_CC
joe_NP
buys_NNS
a_DT
car_NN
and_CC
tells_VBZ
katherine_NP
that_DT
he_PP
will_MD
meet_VB
her_PP$
to_TO
get_VB
married_JJ
in_IN
capitol_NP
city_NN
,_,
that_CS
he_PP
has_HVZ
quit_VBN
his_PP$
job_NN
and_CC
hopes_NNS
to_IN
open_JJ
a_DT
gas_NN
station_NN
._.
driving_VBG
through_IN
the_DT
rural_JJ
backroads_NNS
and_CC
camping_NN
out_RP
at_IN
night_NN
while_CS
going_VBG
to_IN
met_VBD
her_PP$
,_,
he_PP
arrives_VBZ
at_IN
a_DT
near-by_JJ
town_NN
called_VBN
strand_NP
._.
but_CC
the_DT
deputy_NN
sheriff_NN
"_"
buggs_NP
"_"
meyers_NNS
(_(
walter_NP
brennan_NP
)_)
comes_VBZ
upon_IN
him_PP
waving_VBG
a_DT
shotgun_NN
and_CC
arrests_NNS
him_PP
._.
he_PP
accuses_VBZ
him_PP
of_IN
the_DT
kidnapping_NN
of_IN
a_DT
little_JJ
girl_NN
._.
the_DT
sheriff_NN
(_(
ellis_NP
)_)
finds_VBZ
salted_JJ
peanuts_NNS
on_IN
him_PP
just_RB
like_IN
the_DT
kidnapper_NN
had_HVD
in_IN
his_PP$
pocket_NN
,_,
he_PP
also_RB
has_HVZ
a_DT
five_CD
dollar_NN
bill_NN
on_IN
him_PP
that_CS
matches_NNS
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
numbers_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
ransom_NN
money_NN
,_,
and_CC
he_PP
fits_VBZ
the_DT
general_JJ
description_NN
of_IN
the_DT
suspect_NN
._.
locked_VBN
in_IN
jail_NN
,_,
he_PP
waits_VBZ
for_IN
the_DT
district_NN
attorney_NN
to_IN
look_NN
at_IN
his_PP$
claim_NN
of_IN
innocence_NN
._.
in_IN
the_DT
local_JJ
bar_NN
,_,
the_DT
town_NN
citizens_NNS
go_VB
into_IN
a_DT
rage_NN
when_CS
learning_NN
that_CS
an_DT
arrest_NN
has_HVZ
been_BEN
made_VBN
in_IN
the_DT
kidnapping_NN
._.
fueled_JJ
by_IN
angry_JJ
talk_NN
about_IN
getting_VBG
back_RP
at_IN
the_DT
kidnapper_NN
and_CC
of_IN
having_HVG
the_DT
deputy_NN
inadvertently_RB
telling_VBG
them_PP
of_IN
the_DT
ransom_NN
money_NN
found_VBD
on_IN
the_DT
suspect_NN
,_,
a_DT
mob_NN
storms_NNS
the_DT
jail_NN
,_,
burns_NP
it_PP
down_IN
and_CC
dynamites_NNS
it_PP
when_CS
they_PP
can't_MD
get_VB
through_IN
to_IN
the_DT
prisoner_NN
's_POS
jail_NN
cell_NN
._.
the_DT
sheriff_NN
called_VBN
the_DT
governor_NN
for_IN
the_DT
national_JJ
guard_NN
,_,
but_CC
one_CD
of_IN
his_PP$
political_JJ
advisers_NNS
countermanded_VBN
that_CS
request_NN
,_,
saying_VBG
it_PP
wouldn't_MD
look_VB
right_JJ
for_IN
the_DT
governor_NN
in_IN
an_DT
election_NN
year_NN
to_IN
call_NN
out_RP
troops_NNS
for_IN
those_DT
he_PP
wants_VBZ
to_IN
vote_NN
for_IN
him_PP
._.
somehow_RB
joe_NP
escapes_VBZ
,_,
but_CC
his_PP$
dog_NN
rainbow_NN
dies_VBZ
._.
katherine_NP
hears_VBZ
what_WDT
has_HVZ
happened_VBN
on_IN
the_DT
radio_NN
and_CC
rushes_NNS
to_IN
the_DT
neighboring_NN
town_NN
of_IN
strand_NP
only_RB
to_IN
see_NN
him_PP
engulfed_VBD
by_IN
flames_NNS
in_IN
his_PP$
cell_NN
,_,
and_CC
becomes_VBZ
convinced_JJ
that_CS
he_PP
died_VBD
._.
the_DT
next_OD
day_NN
the_DT
newspapers_NNS
announce_VB
that_CS
the_DT
guilty_JJ
kidnapper_NN
confesses_NNS
._.
joe_NP
makes_VBZ
his_PP$
way_NN
back_RP
to_IN
chicago_NP
and_CC
tells_VBZ
his_PP$
brothers_NNS
,_,
who_WP
are_BER
startled_VBN
to_IN
see_VB
him_PP
alive_JJ
,_,
that_CS
he_PP
wants_VBZ
revenge_NN
._.
he_PP
thereby_RB
supplies_VBZ
his_PP$
brothers_NNS
with_IN
the_DT
names_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
22_CD
leaders_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
lynch_NN
mob_NN
._.
an_DT
ambitious_JJ
district_NN
attorney_NN
(_(
walter_NP
abel_NP
)_)
prosecutes_NNS
the_DT
22_CD
for_IN
murder_NN
._.
katherine_NP
,_,
not_XNOT
knowing_VBG
he_PP
's_BEZ
alive_JJ
,_,
remains_VBZ
in_IN
a_DT
state_NN
of_IN
shock_NN
,_,
but_CC
is_BEZ
asked_VBN
to_IN
be_BE
a_DT
witness_NN
that_CS
she_PP
saw_VBD
joe_NP
burning_JJ
to_IN
death_NN
._.
the_DT
defense_NN
claims_NNS
that_CS
it_PP
can't_MD
be_BE
a_DT
charge_NN
of_IN
murder_NN
without_IN
a_DT
corpse_NN
._.
the_DT
trial_NN
proves_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
interesting_JJ
,_,
as_CS
the_DT
citizens_NNS
in_IN
this_DT
close-knit_JJ
,_,
respectable_JJ
community_NN
,_,
lie_VB
under_IN
oath_NN
,_,
providing_VBG
alibis_NP
for_IN
each_DT
other_JJ
to_IN
prove_VB
they_PP
couldn't_MD
have_HV
been_BEN
at_IN
the_DT
jail_NN
._.
the_DT
sheriff_NN
also_RB
lies_VBZ
,_,
saying_VBG
he_PP
can't_MD
identify_VB
anyone_PN
in_IN
the_DT
mob_NN
._.
but_CC
proof_NN
comes_VBZ
by_IN
way_NN
of_IN
a_DT
newsreel_NN
cameraman_NN
who_WP
caught_VBD
the_DT
whole_JJ
incident_NN
on_IN
film_NN
._.
as_CS
for_IN
proof_NN
of_IN
the_DT
corpse_NN
,_,
an_DT
anonymous_JJ
letter_NN
is_BEZ
addressed_VBN
to_IN
the_DT
judge_NN
enclosed_VBN
with_IN
the_DT
wedding_NN
ring_NN
katherine_NP
gave_VBD
joe_NP
._.
in_IN
the_DT
note_NN
,_,
memento_NN
is_BEZ
misspelled_VBN
,_,
which_WDT
makes_VBZ
katherine_NP
realize_VB
that_CS
joe_NP
is_BEZ
alive_JJ
._.
when_CS
the_DT
sentence_NN
is_BEZ
announced_VBN
,_,
20_CD
of_IN
the_DT
accused_JJ
are_BER
found_VBN
guilty_JJ
of_IN
murder_NN
,_,
but_CC
joe_NP
marches_NNS
into_IN
the_DT
courtroom_NN
and_CC
gives_VBZ
a_DT
pious_JJ
speech_NN
about_IN
what_WDT
happened_VBD
._.
katherine_NP
forgives_VBZ
him_PP
,_,
and_CC
this_DT
very_RB
strong_JJ
film_NN
ends_NNS
on_IN
a_DT
weaker_JJR
note_NN
than_CS
i_PP
think_VB
it_PP
should_MD
have_HV
._.
but_CC
don't_DO
blame_VB
lang_NP
for_IN
all_PDT
the_DT
changes_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
of_IN
trying_VBG
to_IN
take_VB
the_DT
town_NN
off_IN
the_DT
hook_NN
by_IN
introducing_VBG
this_DT
wild_JJ
revenge_NN
motive_NN
._.
mgm_???
couldn't_MD
bear_NN
to_IN
have_HV
it_NN
made_VBD
the_DT
way_NN
lang_NP
wanted_VBD
it_PP
,_,
that_CS
is_BEZ
,_,
by_IN
having_HVG
tracy_NP
die_FW
in_IN
the_DT
lynching_NN
._.
instead_RB
they_PP
wanted_VBD
to_IN
stop_NN
short_JJ
of_IN
condemning_VBG
so_RB
many_DT
small_JJ
american_JJ
towns_NNS
where_CS
lynchings_NNS
actually_RB
do_DO
occur_VB
,_,
and_CC
they_PP
thereby_RB
meddled_VBD
throughout_IN
the_DT
entire_JJ
script_NN
._.
to_IN
lang_NP
's_POS
credit_NN
,_,
even_RB
if_CS
this_DT
film_NN
failed_VBD
to_TO
be_BE
a_DT
masterpiece_NN
because_CS
of_IN
the_DT
interference_NN
,_,
it_PP
still_RB
did_DOD
not_XNOT
let_VB
the_DT
good_JJ
citizens_NNS
off_IN
the_DT
moral_JJ
hook_NN
._.
his_PP$
portrayal_NN
of_IN
the_DT
attempted_JJ
lynching_NN
was_BEDZ
powerfully_RB
done_DON
and_CC
was_BEDZ
not_XNOT
compromised_JJ
._.
you_PP
couldn't_MD
help_VB
get_VB
the_DT
feeling_NN
that_CS
the_DT
citizens_NNS
didn't_DOD
care_VB
that_DT
much_DT
that_CS
they_PP
almost_RB
lynched_VBD
an_DT
innocent_JJ
man_NN
,_,
but_CC
cared_VBN
more_DT
about_IN
protecting_VBG
the_DT
reputation_NN
of_IN
their_PP$
town_NN
and_CC
would_MD
do_DO
anything_PN
to_TO
keep_VB
their_PP$
22_CD
vigilantes_NNS
from_IN
going_VBG
to_IN
jail_NN
,_,
even_RB
perjuring_VBG
themselves_PPX
._.
their_PP$
reaction_NN
to_IN
seeing_VBG
joe_NP
alive_JJ
was_BEDZ
satisfying_VBG
only_RB
in_IN
that_DT
it_PP
meant_VBD
they_PP
weren't_BED
going_VBG
to_IN
be_BE
convicted_JJ
._.
lang_NP
by_IN
no_DT
means_NN
implies_VBZ
that_CS
the_DT
town_NN
has_HVZ
learned_VBN
its_PP$
lesson_NN
from_IN
this_DT
incident_NN
._.
he_PP
does_DOZ
imply_VB
that_CS
a_DT
dark_JJ
side_NN
to_IN
joe_NP
wilson_NP
has_HVZ
been_BEN
exposed_VBN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
innocent_JJ
,_,
jovial_JJ
good-guy_???
,_,
seen_VBN
in_IN
the_DT
beginning_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
has_HVZ
been_BEN
largely_RB
altered_VBN
forever_RB
by_IN
this_DT
traumatic_JJ
experience_NN
._.