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Accused (1936)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  17 December 1936 (USA)
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Tony Seymour and his partner, Gaby Ramarios are a dance team who perform an Apache specialty number, which ends with Tony, via a steel waistcoat with a scabbard arrangement, getting a knife... See full summary »

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Tony Seymour
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Gaby Seymour
Florence Desmond ...
Yvette Delange
Basil Sydney ...
Eugene Roget
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Ninette Duval
J.H. Roberts ...
President of Court (as John Roberts)
Cecil Humphreys ...
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Esme Percy ...
Morel
Edward Rigby ...
Alphonse de la Riveire
Moore Marriott ...
Dubec (as George Moore Marriott)
Cyril Raymond ...
Guy Henry
Roland Culver ...
Henry Capelle
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Tony Seymour and his partner, Gaby Ramarios are a dance team who perform an Apache specialty number, which ends with Tony, via a steel waistcoat with a scabbard arrangement, getting a knife plunked into his back but he is unharmed. Gaby is an expert knife thrower. They are auditioning for parts in "La Nouvelle Revue" which is to open in three weeks at the Alhambra of Paris. The star is Yvette Delange, described as "a beautiful woman who could not hide with the most perfect makeup the ravages of time." She also does not like rehearsals, but perks up at the sight of Tony. Alphonse de la Riviere, once a great star but now just an assistant to the producer, Morel, winces when he hears this. Later, Yvette sends Alphonse to fetch Tony to her dressing room, and informs Tony that Gaby is not invited. Tony accepts her invitation. Gaby is not pleased. Yvette is found murdered, stabbed with a knife belonging to Gaby. And Gaby is charged with murder. Tony's mission now is to clear Gaby and find ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Dolores del Rio is accused of murder, and Doug Fairbanks, Jr. must contend with an implacable French justice system
16 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Accused" is a mystery-suspense thriller set partly in the world of the theater and partly in a French courtroom where procedures are different than Great Britain or America. I like the sharpness of this movie and the way it moves along briskly.

The plot is fairly predictable and has some jumps, but the movie is lifted out of the mundane and given a good deal of flair both by the acting and the dialog, which remains fresh and modern.

Dolores del Rio and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. are a dance team, very much in love with one another, and their scenes together are handled very nicely. Del Rio becomes very jealous in her fiery way when another aging actress (Florence Desmond in a nice turn) tries to seduce Fairbanks. When Desmond turns up dead with a knife in her that belongs to del Rio and the act, del Rio is arrested and stands trial.

In the French system as depicted, the judge, defense lawyer and prosecutor can cross-question a witness all together, with interruptions, and this livens up the proceedings.

The police aren't helping to find a key witness so Fairbanks must do his own investigating. His turn as a witness is quite impassioned. His acting from the 30s has aged very well and is still fresh. He comes across as earnest, sensible, resourceful, often light-hearted but also capable of deep passions.

Googie Withers, who always makes an impression with her unusual beauty, has a supporting part. Other supporting parts are equally well done.

All in all, this is a 30s film that holds up quite well.


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