As a headline-making murder trial unfolds, three forceful men seek to use it as a springboard to the governorship. A power-hungry prosecuting attorney, a U.S. senator who views the State House as an inside track to the nation's presidency, and a judge whose oversight may be challenged by his career interests clash in ways subtle, overt, and willfully calculated. Will the victor reap the spoils? Released the year before Advise and Consents tale of governmental infighting, the film- noirish political drama A Fever in the Blood catches fire with its heady A-to-Z mix of established and rising stars. Among the talents are Don Ameche (The Story of Alexander Graham Bell), Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (77 Sunset Strip), Angie Dickinson (Ocean's Eleven), jack Kelly (Maverick), Ray Danton (The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond) and Carroll O'Connor (ten years before his portrayal of All in the FamiIy's Archie Bunker made him a household name).