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Robert Hichens (from the novel by)
Alma Reville (adaptation)
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Release Date:
26 August 1949 (Sweden) See more »
A happily married London barrister falls in love with the accused poisoner he is defending. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Gregory Peck ... Anthony Keane

Ann Todd ... Gay Keane

Charles Laughton ... Judge Lord Thomas Horfield

Charles Coburn ... Sir Simon Flaquer

Ethel Barrymore ... Lady Sophie Horfield

Louis Jourdan ... Andre Latour

Alida Valli ... Maddalena Anna Paradine (as Valli)

Leo G. Carroll ... Sir Joseph
Joan Tetzel ... Judy Flaquer
Isobel Elsom ... Innkeeper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patrick Aherne ... Police Sgt. Leggett (uncredited)
Gilbert Allen ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)

Leonard Carey ... Courtroom Stenographer (uncredited)

Elspeth Dudgeon ... Second Matron (uncredited)
James Fairfax ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
John Goldsworthy ... Lakin (uncredited)

Lumsden Hare ... Courtroom Attendant (uncredited)
Alec Harford ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Man Carrying Cello Case (uncredited)
Colin Hunter ... Baker (uncredited)
Boyd Irwin ... Courtroom Observer (uncredited)

Colin Keith-Johnston ... Clerk of the Court (uncredited)

Kenner G. Kemp ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

Colin Kenny ... Juror (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

Lester Matthews ... Police Inspector Ambrose (uncredited)
Phyllis Morris ... Mrs. Carr (uncredited)
Edgar Norton ... Courtroom Attendant (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Cabby (uncredited)

Bert Stevens ... Barrister in Courtroom (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

John Williams ... Barrister Collins (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
Writing credits
Robert Hichens (from the novel by)

Alma Reville (adaptation)

David O. Selznick (screen play)

James Bridie  treatment in consultation with
Ben Hecht  additional dialogue (uncredited)

Produced by
David O. Selznick .... producer
Original Music by
Franz Waxman 
Cinematography by
Lee Garmes (photographed by)
Production Design by
J. McMillan Johnson (production designed by)
Art Direction by
Thomas N. Morahan  (as Thomas Morahan)
Set Decoration by
Emile Kuri 
Joseph B. Platt (interiors)
Robert Priestley (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Travis Banton (gowns)
Charles Arrico (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Max Asher .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Layne Britton .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Fred Ahern .... unit manager
Argyle Nelson .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lowell J. Farrell .... assistant director
Joel Freeman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Stanislaw Szukalski .... painter: Valli's portrait (uncredited)
Sound Department
James G. Stewart .... sound director
Richard Van Hessen .... recordist
Edward Ullman .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Clarence Slifer .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles P. Boyle .... fill-in photographer (uncredited)
Eddie Fitzgerald .... camera operator (uncredited)
John Miehle .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Frank Beetson Jr. .... wardrobe director (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Editorial Department
John Faure .... associate supervising film editor
Hal C. Kern .... supervising film editor
Music Department
Harold Byrns .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Dessau .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Edward Rebner .... supervisor: piano sequences (uncredited)
Other crew
Lydia Schiller .... scenario assistant
David O. Selznick .... presenter
Alfred W. Burt .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Elsie Foulstone .... dialogue and voice coach: Valli and Jourdan (uncredited)
Paul MacNamara .... director of publicity (uncredited)
Donna M. Norridge .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Helene Weigel .... continuity (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Alfred Hitchcock's The Paradine Case" - USA (complete title)
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125 min | 119 min (re-release) | 132 min (original release) | 94 min (edited television version) | 115 min (re-release) | Portugal:112 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:A (original rating) | Finland:S | Germany:16 (f) | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #12320)

Did You Know?

The original script for the film was written by James Bridie, and Ben Hecht contributed additional dialogue. But this script wasn't used, because the characters were changed, for example William Marsh became Andre Latour. This script is available at IUCAT Library.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: Latour is in shadow when he first meets Mr. Keane, but it is plain that his lips are not moving when he speaks.See more »
[first lines]
Lakin:Dinner will be ready in fifteen minutes, mum.
Mrs. Maddalena Anna Paradine:Thank you, Lakin.
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41 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Fine Cast in Slow-Moving But Interesting Drama, 9 July 2001
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

Because this movie has so few of the features normally associated with a Hitchcock picture, it has a rather poor reputation. But it has a fine cast, most of whom perform quite well, and if the story is taken on its own merits it is interesting, although slow-moving and heavily dependent on the characters' conversations with one another. If it had been made by someone else, it might seem like more of an accomplishment.

In "The Paradine Case", Mrs. Paradine (Alida Valli) is arrested and tried for the murder of her husband. She is defended by the great lawyer Anthony Keane (Gregory Peck), who quickly becomes intoxicated by his client and loses all objectivity. Even as evidence mounts that she may have done the crime after all, he risks his marriage and reputation on the slightest of chances to find new evidence. It moves quite slowly, but is helped by the presence of many good supporting characters and a fine cast that portrays them convincingly. Things come together in a lengthy courtroom sequence that is sometimes uncomfortable to watch, but tense and realistic.

Many viewers feel let down by the film because it lacks the energy and excitement found in most of Hitchcock's films, and because the courtroom setting creates expectations that are not quite filled. Indeed, it does have its faults, and it's hard to believe that someone of Hitchcock's creative genius could not have thought of some ways to give more life to the body of the picture, because there are times when it really crawls along. But taken on its own merits, it is a pretty good movie, carefully filmed as always, and one that gives the viewer plenty to think about. There are some good scenes, with the best one being the subtly crafted opening sequence of Mrs. Paradine being arrested in her elegant home and taken to prison.

Many Hitchcock fans will not particularly enjoy this one, although if you like his more somber masterpieces such as "Vertigo", you might at least want to give this one a try - not that it is nearly as good as "Vertigo" (how many films are), but it is somewhat similar in tone. It works much better as straight drama, rather than as suspense or mystery, and as such it is worth watching.

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