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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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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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Feature directorial debut of Don Siegel. See more »

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Mrs. Vicky Benson: You ought to have a police whistle too - just in case.
Victor Emmric: Yes, I should, but how would you blow a whistle if somebody cut your throat?
Mrs. Vicky Benson: I never thought of that - no wind!
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Version of The Perfect Crime (1928) See more »

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Give Me a Little Bit
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Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Performed by Joan Lorring
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A must see for those who love a mystery
3 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

Although there have been thousands of murder mysteries in hard cover and paper back, very few have translated to the movies well. Rarely is an audience ever surprised.

In The Verdict, Sydney Greenstreet as Supt. George Edward Grodman and Peter Lorre as Victor Emmric team up in what might be billed as the best whodunnit ever produced for the screen.

Grodman is summarily dismissed from his Scotland Yard position. After his forced retirement a neighbor is murdered and he and his eccentric friend Emmric try to solve the crime.

Why this is not among the favorites of every fan of this genre is a mystery in itself.


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