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The Accused (1949)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller | 6 May 1949 (Australia)
A beautiful psychology professor tries to hide a self-defense killing.

Director:

William Dieterle

Writers:

Ketti Frings (screenplay), June Truesdell (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Loretta Young ... Dr. Wilma Tuttle
Robert Cummings ... Warren Ford
Wendell Corey ... Lt. Ted Dorgan
Sam Jaffe ... Dr. Romley
Douglas Dick ... Bill Perry
Suzanne Dalbert ... Susan Duval
Sara Allgood ... Mrs. Conner
Mickey Knox ... Jack Hunter
George Spaulding George Spaulding ... Dean Rhodes
Francis Pierlot Francis Pierlot ... Dr. Vinson
Ann Doran ... Miss Rice - Nurse
Carole Mathews ... Waitress
Billy Mauch ... Harry Brice (as Bill Mauch)
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Storyline

Wilma Tuttle, psychology professor, lets aggressively brash student Bill Perry drive her home. Big mistake. After an attempted rape, Perry is dead; panicked, Wilma hides her traces and flees. As time passes, she watches the investigations of Homicide Lt. Dorgan with painfully concealed apprehension. Complicating matters: her budding romance with Warren Ford, Perry's guardian. How long can she stand the strain? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 1949 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Strange Deception See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its earliest documented telecast took place in Phoenix Friday 13 March 1959 on KVAR (Channel 12), and it immediately became a popular local film favorite as it was first aired by both Chicago and Milwaukee 25 April 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2) and WITI (Channel 6), by Seattle 9 May 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7), by Asheville 17 May 1959 on WLOS (Channel 13), by Grand Rapids 5 September 1959 on WOOD (Channel 8), by Detroit 22 September 1959 on WJBK (Channel 2), by Philadelphia 26 September 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10), by Los Angeles 3 October 1959 on KNXT (Channel 2), by Johnstown 30 October 1959 on WJAC (Channel 6), by Minneapolis 4 November 1959 on WTCN (Channel 11), by Toledo 20 November 1959 on WTOL (Channel 11), by Omaha 21 November 1959 on KETV (Channel 7), and by Pittsburgh 16 January 1960 on KDKA (Channel 2). It was released on DVD 28 September 2016 as part of the Universal Vault Series. See more »

Goofs

Warren Ford invites Dr. Tuttle for breakfast, even though it is twelve noon, when lunch would be more appropriate. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Dorgan's colleague: Don't look so gloomy. We haven't lost yet.
[Dorgan looks at Wilma's innocent facial expression]
Lt. Ted Dorgan: Oh we have.
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Referenced in Choose Me (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Latin Rhythm
(uncredited)
Music by Victor Young
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Tepid melodrama seems quaint by today's standards...
29 November 2006 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

At the time of release, THE ACCUSED was probably considered a daring story for Hollywood to tackle--a teacher about to be assaulted by a student kills him rather than being subjected to rape. The prim schoolteacher is played by LORETTA YOUNG with all her virginal modesty bolstered by wearing her hair in a bun with Peter Pan collars adorning her neckline.

Rather than confess to her crime, she tries to conceal it from the prying eyes of detective WENDELL COREY and lawyer friend ROBERT CUMMINGS. Both of these actors have given stronger performances in other films but apparently neither one had their interest in these roles heightened by a lackluster script.

Slowly, the film tries to build suspense until a final courtroom scene, but by that time the tale has lost a lot of its credibility and the characters are so poorly etched that you won't care that much about the outcome.

Young is as pretty as ever but her role has no depth and what should have been a taut exercise in suspense has been turned into a mushy romantic drama rather than a gripping film noir.


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