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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 | French

Release Date:

23 November 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Verdict See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre starred in 9 films together, 10 if you count their appearance as uncredited extras in This is Our Life. The first being The Maltese Falcon in 1941 and the last being The Verdict in 1946 See more »

Goofs

When Supt. Buckley is at the cemetery excavating Kendall's body; Both Emmric and Mrs. Benson show up. But Emmric and Mrs. Benson are civilians and the excavation is a police matter. The film does not explain how they found out about the excavation in the first place and why they were allowed to stay there. Even Grodman, a former Superintendent, had to get invited by Buckley. 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

Give Me a Little Bit
(uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Performed by Joan Lorring
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19 November 2003 | by JOHN_REIDSee all my reviews

It is sad that Sydney Greenstreet's career in film was relatively brief - albeit marked by memorable performances in some truly great movies. He may well have had a successful life on the stage in the bulk of his acting life but his roles in film, in a brief eight year period, are all that is preserved from a long and distinguished career. We can only guess at the performances of a young and perhaps thinner Sydney Greenstreet. Despite all this he made his debut in The Maltese Falcon and then a few films later co-starred in Casablanca, more than making up for the delay in the transition to the big screen. The Verdict sees Greenstreet at his finest as the wizened superintendent whose career has been forever marred by an error of judgment that costs a man his life. This is a perfect whodunit/noir/murder mystery that is still gripping and tight despite the slightly melodramatic ending where revenge is possibly carried a little too close to the wire. Lorre is his usual sinister self, fascinated at the thought of exhuming a dead body and Colouris appropriate as the inept detective. Highly recommended.


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