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The Verdict (1946)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 23 November 1946 (USA)
After an innocent man is executed in a case he was responsible for, a Scotland Yard superintendent finds himself investigating the murder of his key witness.

Director:

Don Siegel

Writers:

Peter Milne (screenplay), Israel Zangwill (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sydney Greenstreet ... Supt. George Edward Grodman
Peter Lorre ... Victor Emmric
Joan Lorring ... Lottie Rawson
George Coulouris ... Supt. John R. Buckley
Rosalind Ivan ... Mrs. Vicky Benson
Paul Cavanagh ... Clive Russell
Arthur Shields ... Rev. Holbrook
Morton Lowry ... Arthur Kendall
Holmes Herbert ... Sir William Dawson
Art Foster Art Foster ... PC Warren
Clyde Cook ... Barney Cole
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Storyline

Mr. Grodman was a respected superintendent at Scotland Yard until a mistake in an investigation caused the execution of an innocent man. He takes the blame and is dismissed, replaced by the obnoxious, gloating Buckley. Feeling vengeful, Grodman would like nothing more than to see Buckley look foolish on the job. His friend Victor Emmric, an artist with macabre tastes, wouldn't mind either and soon a mysterious murder occurs that may provide them with the chance. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El veredicto See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

There was a major strike in the Warner Bros studio during the production of the film. Don Siegel and the crew had problem to get through the studios fence. See more »

Quotes

Supt. George Edward Grodman: Come in, Victor... I've been expecting you... I lied.
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Connections

Version of The Perfect Crime (1928) See more »

Soundtracks

Give Me a Little Bit
(uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Performed by Joan Lorring
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Guilty of Greatness and Greenstreet
14 September 2001 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

I don't know what to say about the other reviews here(better to say nothing as their insights offer that suitable response). This is a great film with a great pairing of that wonderful coupling of gargantuan Sydney Greenstreet and devilish, diminuative Peter Lorre. Grenstreet never was better as a Scotland Yard superintendant who mistakenly sends an innocent man to his death. He is forced out of his job by another aspiring detective played with relish by George Coulouris. Greenstreet remarks, "He underestimated the size of my britches." And so he did! Greenstreet was that special kind of actor that draws you to his every word, action, and deed. His refinement of speech and larger-than-life presence greatly enhance the film. Lorre is Lorre, a funny character actor getting a break from villains for a chance. Lorre and Greenstreet aid each other very nicely and their scenes together are perhaps the most fun ones in the film. Behind all the actions of the two men is a fine Victorian mystery that has a good, hard-to-figure out ending. Director Don Siegel shows his deftness in capturing a dark Victorian setting. His scene exhuming a casket is particularly well-done. A fine film and an unfortunately all to rare chance to see Lorre and Greenstreet together.


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