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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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Production Co:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Curtiz was first supposed to direct the film but Don Siegel finally got it instead of Curtiz. There was a little argument between the two of them because of this. See more »

Quotes

Victor Emmric: It's a wretched night.
Supt. George Edward Grodman: Maybe it's only you who is wretched, Victor.
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Connections

Version of The Perfect Crime (1928) See more »

Soundtracks

Sobre las olas (Over the Waves)
(uncredited)
Music by Juventino Rosas
Played when Lottie joins Grodman and Emmric at the table
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Absorbing Victorian who-dun-it...Greenstreet and Lorre shine...
21 June 2002 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Fans of SYDNEY GREENSTREET and PETER LORRE should get extra pleasure out of watching these two emote in THE VERDICT, a gaslight era who-dun-it about the perfect locked door crime with a few deft touches that place it above the average mystery thriller.

Greenstreet is impressive as the Scotland Yard detective who loses his job when an innocent man is wrongly hanged. He gets his revenge in an unusual way. Morton Lowry is excellent as the victim and others in the cast all give quality performances--Paul Cavanagh, Peter Lorre, Rosalind Ivan and especially George Coulouris as the man Sydney describes as not big enough to "fill his britches". Only weak casting is Joan Lorring in the role of a lowly music hall singer--her cabaret routine is not the least bit convincing although it doesn't matter much because the film belongs to Greenstreet and Lorre.

As an overly imaginative landlady, Rosalind Ivan is a scream (literally!) Will keep you hooked until the finish.


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