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The Woman Accused (1933)

Passed | | Drama | 17 February 1933 (USA)
During a three-day pleasure cruise, a murder victim's friend (John Halliday) tries to trick a new bride (Nancy Carroll) into admitting her guilt.


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Gertrude Atherton (Liberty Magazine serial chapter), Polan Banks (story) | 8 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nancy Carroll ... Glenda O'Brien
Cary Grant ... Jeffrey Baxter
John Halliday ... Stephen Bessemer
Irving Pichel ... District Attorney Clark
Louis Calhern ... Leo Young
Norma Mitchell Norma Mitchell ... Martha
Jack La Rue ... Little Maxie
Frank Sheridan ... Inspector Swope
John Lodge ... Dr. Simpson
William J. Kelly ... Captain of Boat
Harry Holman ... Judge Osgood
Jay Belasco ... Tony Graham
Gertrude Messinger ... Evelyn Craig
Lona Andre ... Cora Matthews
Donald Stuart Donald Stuart ... The Steward


During a three-day pleasure cruise, a murder victim's friend (John Halliday) tries to trick a new bride (Nancy Carroll) into admitting her guilt.

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It Took 10 Famous Authors to Write Her Case History! (Print Ad- The Messenger, ((Smithtown, NY)) 28 April 1933) See more »










Release Date:

17 February 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La mujer acusada See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The story "The Woman Accused" appeared in "Liberty" Magazine between January 21 and February 18, 1933. See more »

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"We Want Murder!!"
10 March 2017 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

For an archivist researching a documentary of early thirties America, 'The Woman Accused' abounds in rich pickings; commencing with the opening film snapshots depicting the ten popular authors who contributed the preposterous plot in the form of a round robin; and including ample footage of the dawn of the Roosevelt administration, still feeling the bruises of the Wall Street Crash, but celebrating the repeal of prohibition. Little nuggets of contemporary information we learn include the fact that in 1933 the engaged tone was known as "the busy signal", and that in those days a murder trial with all the trimmings cost $100,000.

Baby-faced Nancy Carroll is the show here, modelling a variety of figure-hugging backless gowns (and a bathing suit), with a young Cary Grant serving as the arm candy while she is pursued during a pleasure cruise by creepy John Halliday, who devises an absurdly elaborate scheme to see her arrested for killing her loathsome old flame Louis Calhern - who for some unfathomable reason Halliday genuinely seemed to care about. Halliday happily enlists the aid of a hired thug played by an even more loathsome Jack La Rue despite presumably being aware that La Rue has previously killed people on Calhern's behalf. How Grant persuades La Rue to change his testimony has to be seen to believed, like something out of a pre-WWI rather than a Pre-Code movie (I'd love to know which of the authors came up with that gem)! 

As Carroll's devoted maid Martha - literally prepared to shed her own blood on her behalf - the scary Norma Mitchell (who also wrote Broadway farces) makes a striking film debut, but made only two more minor film appearances.

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