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The Paradine Case (1947)

aka The Paradine Case

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Details: 125 mins · English


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Small Anthony Keane
Small Gay Keane
Small Judge Lord Thomas Horfield
Small Sir Simon Flaquer
Small Lady Sophie Horfield
Small Andre Latour
Small Mrs. Paradine (as Valli)
Small Sir Joseph
Small Judy Flaquer
No_movie_poster Innkeeper
Small Man Carrying Cello Case


Small Alfred Hitchcock Director
No_movie_poster David O. Selznick Screenplay
No_movie_poster Alma Reville Adaptation
No_movie_poster Ben Hecht Screenplay
No_movie_poster Franz Waxman Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Lee Garmes Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Robert Hichens Novel
No_movie_poster James Bridie Adaptation
No_movie_poster David O. Selznick Production


Maddalena Anna Paradine (Alida Valli) is a very beautiful and enigmatic young foreign woman living in London who is accused of poisoning her older, blind husband, a retired military man. It is not clear at first whether perhaps she is a grateful and devoted wife who has been falsely accused, or whether she is in fact a calculating and ruthless femme fatale.

Mrs. Paradine hires Anthony Keane (Gregory Peck), a brilliant and successful barrister, to defend her in court. Although Keane has been happily married for 11 years, he instantly becomes deeply infatuated with this exotic, mysterious, and fascinating client. Keane's kind-hearted wife Gay (Ann Todd) sees his infatuation, and although her husband offers to get off the case, she presses him to continue. She knows that a guilty verdict, followed by Paradine's hanging, will mean that she will lose her husband emotionally forever. The only way that she can regain her husband's love and devotion is if he is able to obtain a "not guilty" verdict for Mrs. Paradine.

Meanwhile Keane himself starts to focus his legal efforts on Colonel Paradine's mysterious servant, André Latour (Louis Jourdan). Consciously or unconsciously, Keane sees Latour as a suitable scapegoat on whom he can pin the crime of murder, but this strategy backfires. After Keane has pressured Latour in court, hoping to trigger an angry outburst, word comes that Latour has killed himself. Anna Paradine is coldly furious that Keane has destroyed Latour, who was in fact her lover. On the witness stand she tells Keane she hates him, and that he has killed the only person she loved. She goes so far as to say that she murdered her husband in order to be with Latour.

Keane is overwhelmed, physically, intellectually and emotionally. Attempting to sum up, he improvises a brief and faltering speech, admitting how poorly he has handled the case, but cannot continue speaking and has to leave the court. He goes home to his wife feeling that his career is in ruins, but she gives him hope for the future.

Release Dates:

DVD : 2009-02-10