An insurance lawyer unhappy with his rate of company advancement becomes a middleman in deals to recover stolen property from the Mob, thus earning a nice living. But his actions attract police attention and set him up for a double-cross.
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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 »
Warren Ford invites Dr. Tuttle for breakfast, even though it is twelve noon, when lunch would be more appropriate. See more »
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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Tepid melodrama seems quaint by today's standards...
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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