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The Accused (1949)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller | 16 May 1949 (UK)
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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STARK, STARTLING SUSPENSE - SOUL-STIRRING DRAMA (original print ad - all caps) See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1949 (UK) 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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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 28, 1949 with Loretta Young and Robert Cummings reprising their film roles. 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

[Wilma is dressed for a date.]
Warren Ford: It's remarkable! Your brains don't show a bit.
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Referenced in Choose Me (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Latin Rhythm
(uncredited)
Music by Victor Young
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A Loretta Showcase
7 March 2011 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

A college professor (Young) commits murder while defending against an over-amorous student.

That noirish opening scene of a dark figure struggling along a deserted nighttime highway is iconic, especially when followed in flashback by deserted city streets and a lonely all-night bus. But once the flashbacks end, the movie settles into a fairly routine game of cat- and-mouse with strong psychological overtones. I'm also tempted to say the movie becomes a vehicle for Young, who gets to transform from dowdy career woman to fashionable beauty. However, the male roles (Cummings & Corey) are too large and well acted to allow that. Nonetheless, the film remains a Young showcase where the diva even gets to do the little fashion pirouette that distinguished her TV series.

Note a convention of the time: namely, that a woman can't have a career and be beautiful at the same time. Thus, Wilma (catch the plain-Jane name) as a professor is both grim and repressed. It's only after she essentially drops the career role that her appearance flowers. Young handles the demanding transition pretty well, without going over the top. Nonetheless, the number of close-ups leaves no doubt who the star is. My money, however, is on the rather exotic Wendell Corey (Det. Grogan). He's such an icy presence, it's hard to keep your eyes off him. Too bad that alcohol got the best of this unusual actor.

All in all, the pace may drag at times, but the movie still features enough points of interest to keep the momentum going.


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