A beautiful psychology professor tries to hide a self-defense killing.

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Wilma Tuttle, psychology professor, lets aggressively brash student Bill Perry drive her home. Big mistake. After an attempted rape, Perry is dead; panicked, Wilma hides her traces and flees. As time passes, she watches the investigations of Homicide Lt. Dorgan with painfully concealed apprehension. Complicating matters: her budding romance with Warren Ford, Perry's guardian. How long can she stand the strain? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its earliest documented telecast took place in Phoenix Friday 13 March 1959 on KVAR (Channel 12), and it immediately became a popular local film favorite as it was first aired by both Chicago and Milwaukee 25 April 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2) and WITI (Channel 6), by Seattle 9 May 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7), by Asheville 17 May 1959 on WLOS (Channel 13), by Grand Rapids 5 September 1959 on WOOD (Channel 8), by Detroit 22 September 1959 on WJBK (Channel 2), by Philadelphia 26 September 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10), by Los Angeles 3 October 1959 on KNXT (Channel 2), by Johnstown 30 October 1959 on WJAC (Channel 6), by Minneapolis 4 November 1959 on WTCN (Channel 11), by Toledo 20 November 1959 on WTOL (Channel 11), by Omaha 21 November 1959 on KETV (Channel 7), and by Pittsburgh 16 January 1960 on KDKA (Channel 2). It was released on DVD 28 September 2016 as part of the Universal Vault Series. See more »

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[last lines]
Dorgan's colleague: Don't look so gloomy. We haven't lost yet.
[Dorgan looks at Wilma's innocent facial expression]
Lt. Ted Dorgan: Oh we have.
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Music by Victor Young
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Love Is Blind
13 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Accused This is one of those popular story lines in which the killing is shown early on and then the film deals with the police trying to piece things together while the killer tries to look innocent.

In this case, the "accused" is a woman, played by Loretta Young. She plays a college teacher who defends herself against an obnoxious student but then makes the big mistake of trying to cover up the incident, even though it was self- defense, thinking it would look bad if she was discovered being with this student in the first place. (Today, we read true-life stories of worse, sad to say.)

Bob Cummings and Wendell Corey are detectives who know some foul play is involved but then Cummings, who gets increasingly annoying in here, falls in love with Young. He then winds up defending her in the short courtroom finale. Cummings gives a good example how "love is blind."

Corey, meanwhile, plays the determined cop who doesn't care what people think of him so long as he solves the crime. He is by far the most interesting of the characters in this film. Sam Jaffe also entertains in a supporting role as a crime doctor.


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