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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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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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Technical Specs


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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Entertaining Story and Some Good Performances
11 March 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Woman Accused (1933)

*** (out of 4)

Glenda O'Brien (Nancy Carroll) is about to happily marry Jeffrey Baxter (Cary Grant) but before doing so an old flame calls her. At first she doesn't want to even go to his room but she's forced there and before long the man is threatening to have Jeffrey murdered. To prevent that from happening Glenda hits him over the head and it kills him. Glenda and Jeffrey go on a cruise to get away from it but it haunts her and matters aren't helped when Stephen Bessemer (John Halliday) begins asking questions.

THE WOMAN ACCUSED is a rather interesting little drama that works in large part to the three lead performances. Fans of this era's motion pictures will certainly want to check this one out thanks to the trio of acting talents but it's also very much worth watching for a number of other reasons.

For the most part it has a rather interesting story and also a rather interesting way of getting played out. On the cruise ship Glenda is pretty much stalked and harassed by Stephen who does several (probably) illegal things to try and get a confession out of her. This leads to a very bizarre mock trial where the woman eventually cracks. The film also contains some very memorable moments towards the end of the picture including a certain beat down that I won't spoil but man, it has to be seen to be believed!

As I said, the acting is the real stand out here with Carroll doing a nice job in her leading role. She basically has to play a frightened woman throughout the picture but I thought she was very believable in regards to the fear she shows. I also thought her scene with the former lover was very well played. Grant also gets a chance to act here. Most of his parts up to this one were just him looking pretty but this one here allowed him to show some dramatic range. Halliday is also extremely good as the menacing man who wants that confession.

There are certainly some flaws throughout the picture and there's no question that it's not a masterpiece but fans of this era should enjoy it.

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