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Accused (1936)

Tony Seymour and his partner, Gaby Ramarios are a dance team who perform an Apache specialty number, which ends with Tony, via a steel waistcoat with a scabbard arrangement, getting a knife... See full summary »


Thornton Freeland


Zoe Akins (dialogue), Zoe Akins (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview:
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Tony Seymour
Dolores del Rio ... Gaby Seymour
Florence Desmond ... Yvette Delange
Basil Sydney ... Eugene Roget
Googie Withers ... Ninette Duval
J.H. Roberts ... President of Court (as John Roberts)
Cecil Humphreys Cecil Humphreys ... Prosecuting Counsel
Esme Percy ... Morel
Edward Rigby ... Alphonse de la Riveire
Moore Marriott ... Dubec (as George Moore Marriott)
Cyril Raymond ... Guy Henry
Roland Culver ... Henry Capelle


Tony Seymour and his partner, Gaby Ramarios are a dance team who perform an Apache specialty number, which ends with Tony, via a steel waistcoat with a scabbard arrangement, getting a knife plunked into his back but he is unharmed. Gaby is an expert knife thrower. They are auditioning for parts in "La Nouvelle Revue" which is to open in three weeks at the Alhambra of Paris. The star is Yvette Delange, described as "a beautiful woman who could not hide with the most perfect makeup the ravages of time." She also does not like rehearsals, but perks up at the sight of Tony. Alphonse de la Riviere, once a great star but now just an assistant to the producer, Morel, winces when he hears this. Later, Yvette sends Alphonse to fetch Tony to her dressing room, and informs Tony that Gaby is not invited. Tony accepts her invitation. Gaby is not pleased. Yvette is found murdered, stabbed with a knife belonging to Gaby. And Gaby is charged with murder. Tony's mission now is to clear Gaby and find ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

8 January 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Don't Say Die See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The earliest documented telecast of this film in New York City occurred Saturday 8 February 1947 on WNBT (Channel 4); on the West Coast it first aired in Los Angeles Wednesday 7 December 1949 on KTSL (Channel 2); for some later telecasts, such as Sunday 28 August 1950 on WPIX (Channel 11), the title was changed to 'Don't Say Die' in order to avoid confusion with the recent theatrical release _The Accused (1949)_. See more »

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A woman everyone wanted to kill
22 May 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Accused was truly an international production. American Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Mexican Dolores Del Rio are the stars and it was a British film set in France. Fairbanks and Del Rio are an Apache dance team who think they've finally gotten a big break by going in the cast of a big revue.

Unfortunately the star of the revue Florence Desmond takes a dislike to Del Rio and develops a yen for Fairbanks. They get canned and Del Rio confronts Desmond and finds her dead, stabbed with a knife that is part of the Fairbanks/Del Rio act.

The first half of Accused is backstage drama. The other half is a courtroom drama with Fairbanks as a self appointed detective trying to locate a witness who can clear his partner. When he's located we learn something about Del Rio and of course who the real guilty party is. If it wasn't Del Rio there was a long list of suspects as Desmond was someone, everyone wanted to kill.

Some nice musical numbers in the first half. Fairbanks is graceful though no threat to Fred Astaire. In the courtroom part, Basil Sydney as Del Rio's defense attorney wins acting honors for the film.

OK entertainment, but Accused will never make the top 10 for Fairbanks or Del Rio.

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