Hitchcock's film came out ten years before Billy Wilder's wonderful 'Witness for the Prosecution', and it suffers greatly by comparison. The overlong screenplay is the biggest culprit: it burdens the players with a slew of insipid lines, and the plot supplies no suspense at all. Gregory Peck's hectoring questioning in the courtroom bears little relationship to what a barrister is trained to do, but let that pass. There are really only two aspects of this film worth noting: Louis Jourdan's fine performance as the disillusioned valet, plus some interesting camera work that 'follows' the movement of the witnesses through the court as they ascend to the box. All in all, quite a disappointment.
I enjoyed Billy Wilder's "Witness for the Prosecution" much more than this one, they have a similar storyline but, in my opinion, it is much more suspenseful and gripping.
Not the best of Hitchcock's but enjoyable. The acting characters are not as good as the story wanted them to be.
The additional interviews are worth watching.
Synopsis by dvdtalk.com: - Distinguished, never-loses-a-case trial lawyer Anthony Keane (Gregory Peck) takes on the murder defense of Mrs. Maddalena Anna Paradine (Alida Valli, billed as just Valli), accused of poisoning her husband, a respected hero blinded in the war. She's a total mystery, keeping her thoughts and emotions private, yet communicating an attraction toward Keane that disturbs his judgement, and almost ruins his marriage to the understanding Gay (Ann Todd). Gay must weather both the indignity and helplessness of seeing her husband stray, while enduring the petty advances of trial Judge Lord Thomas Horfield (Charles Laughton). He's a pompous womanizer who treats his poor wife Lady Sophie (Ethel Barrymore) terribly. Anthony travels to the Paradine country home to investigate valet Andre Latour (Louis Jourdan), who may have aided Paradine in commiting suicide. Latour is hostile and uncooperative with Keane, and when Maddalena finds out Keane went to the country home, she becomes withdrawn and abrasive as well. When Keane goes to trial, both his defense and his private life begin to fall apart under personal stress, especially when Anna Paradine's behavior suggests that she's kept a lot hidden from him ...
This is a 1947 American film noir courtroom drama directed by Alfred Hitchcock based on the novel by Robert Smythe Hichens.
The film focuses on an English barrister who falls in love with a woman who is accused of murder, and how it affects his relationship with his wife.
It is a love story embedded in the emotional quicksand of a murder trial.
Superb are the performances of the major actors.
With suspenseful, shocking turns and twists, it is one of the most excellent psychological courtroom dramas.
Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece that has an great script and cast. I feel lucky to have seen it, since I thought I had already seen all the best Hitchcock films. Gregory Peck is sensational as a British barrister, you know, the type with the wigs and all. Charles Laughton plays the judge and a salty one at that. You won't find in the KCLS many movies as good as "The Paradine Case". A Five Star British Hitchcock Classic!
Shocking. Not the movie, unfortunately... the surprising lack of suspense in this so-called Hitchcock film (more of a Selznick film, as I've read after viewing). Far too much hoity-toity, lah-dee-dah, lovey-dovey jibber-jabber between Peck and his "oh so understanding" prim and proper wifey, and not enough meat and potatoes of a suspenseful thriller I've come to expect from Sir Alfred. 2½ stars MAX for some interesting camera angles, and the cast. Peck, the always enjoyable/miserable Charles Laughton, Louis Jourdan, Ethel Barrymore (poor little sweetie), and the Italian eye candy known as Alida Valli, who was intended to be (and sounds so much like) the next Ingrid Bergman. Astonishingly disappointing story, otherwise.
Excellent court room drama starring Peck.
Judge Lord Thomas Horfield: "...I do not like to be interrupted in the middle of an insult."
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