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Sidney Gilliat (screenplay)
Roy Vickers (from the novel by)
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Release Date:
31 January 1941 (USA) See more »
Nurse Anne Graham is controversially - but rightly - acquitted of murder after her elderly patient dies in suspicious circumstances... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Margaret Lockwood ... Anne Graham
Barry K. Barnes ... Stephen Farringdon
Emlyn Williams ... Tracy

Roger Livesey ... Bill Mather
Margaretta Scott ... Judith Bentley
Wyndham Goldie ... Edward Bentley
Basil Radford ... Doctor Threadgrove
Irene Handl ... Gertrude Mary Blaker
Mervyn Johns ... James Fetherwood
Betty Jardine ... Elsie
Kathleen Harrison ... Cook
Felix Aylmer ... Prosecuting Counsel
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roland Culver ... Police Inspector (uncredited)
Mark Daly ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Arthur Denton ... Ticket Collector (uncredited)

Leo Genn ... Prosecuting Counsel (uncredited)
Bryan Herbert ... Witness (uncredited)

Michael Hordern ... Assistant Prosecuting Counsel (uncredited)
Roddy Hughes ... Doctor (uncredited)
James Knight ... Traffic Policeman (uncredited)
Gordon McLeod ... Chief Inspector (uncredited)
Charles Paton ... Chemist (uncredited)
Jack Raine ... Detective Smith (uncredited)
Edward Rigby ... Hospital Secretary (uncredited)
Jerry Verno ... Charlie (Prisoner In Police Car) (uncredited)

Directed by
Carol Reed 
Writing credits
Sidney Gilliat (screenplay)

Roy Vickers (from the novel by)

Produced by
Edward Black .... producer
Maurice Ostrer .... producer
Original Music by
Louis Levy (uncredited)
Charles Williams (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Otto Kanturek 
Film Editing by
R.E. Dearing 
Art Direction by
Alex Vetchinsky  (as Vetchinsky)
Sound Department
B.C. Sewell .... sound supervisor
Sydney Wiles .... sound recordist (as Sid Wiles)
Music Department
Louis Levy .... musical director
Other crew
Michael Gordon .... cutting
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78 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (British Acoustic Film Full Range Recording)

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Quartet No.1, Op.11: AndanteSee more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Courting Prejudice, 31 January 2003
Author: davidholmesfr from Netherlands

Core to the plot is the extent to which a justifiable acquittal at a trial nevertheless prejudices the accused's future life. Given modern day concerns over sensational press coverage this is an issue as valid today (probably more so) than it was in war-time Britain. But the film does not follow this line, rather it presents us with a good old-fashioned courtroom drama, culminating in a finale of which Perry Mason would have been proud. Quite how the hero lawyer manages this stretches the judicial imagination somewhat, especially with a flawed witness, whose evidence clinches the outcome, not having to testify from the witness box.

Despite these reservations this is an enjoyable enough production which canters along at a good pace without any pretensions to high art. And it was nice to see some early work from two actresses, Irene Handl (particularly malevolent as the first "victim") and Kathleen Harrison, who both went on to greater things in post-war British TV.

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