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The Verdict (1946)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 23 November 1946 (USA)
After an innocent man is executed in a case he was responsible for, a Scotland Yard superintendent finds himself investigating the murder of his key witness.

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Lottie Rawson
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Supt. John R. Buckley
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Mrs. Vicky Benson
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Clive Russell
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Arthur Kendall
Holmes Herbert ...
Sir William Dawson
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Barney Cole
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Mr. Grodman was a respected superintendent at Scotland Yard until a mistake in an investigation caused the execution of an innocent man. He takes the blame and is dismissed, replaced by the obnoxious, gloating Buckley. Feeling vengeful, Grodman would like nothing more than to see Buckley look foolish on the job. His friend Victor Emmric, an artist with macabre tastes, wouldn't mind either and soon a mysterious murder occurs that may provide them with the chance. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Based on an 1895 novel titled "The Big Bow Mistery" by Israel Zangwill. See more »

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Victor Emmric: It's a wretched night.
Supt. George Edward Grodman: Maybe it's only you who is wretched, Victor.
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Version of The Crime Doctor (1934) See more »

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Sobre las olas (Over the Waves)
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Music by Juventino Rosas
Played when Lottie joins Grodman and Emmric at the table
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Engrossing Tale Of Homicide
22 November 2004 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

THE VERDICT in a vicious murder case impacts the lives of several London citizens.

Massive Sydney Greenstreet & diminutive Peter Lorre team once again in another suspenseful crime film from Warner Brothers. This Laurel & Hardy of the Sinister could always be counted on for their good acting and enjoyable scene stealing antics. While two of the movies they made (in conjunction with Humphrey Bogart) are undisputed classics, their lesser forays into the shadows are no less welcome.

Corpulent Greenstreet portrays a discredited former Scotland Yard superintendent, who, with the aid of eccentric artist Lorre, privately investigates the stabbing of a neighbor. Like a cello and violin duet, these two performers made a delightful team, their very different personas eliciting ominous music from their partnership.

British character actress Rosalind Ivan gives a vivid performance as Lorre's hysterical landlady. Others in the supporting cast also acquit themselves well: George Coulouris as Greenstreet's befuddled successor; Holmes Herbert as the stern head of Scotland Yard; Arthur Shields as a distressed clergyman; Morton Lowry as a playboy & Paul Cavanagh as a Member of Parliament, both with secrets to protect; and little Clyde Cook as a helpful burglar.

Movie mavens will recognize an unbilled Ian Wolfe appearing as a murder trial jury foreman.


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