The Paradine Case

The Paradine Case

DVD - 2017
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From master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock (Lifeboat, Notorious) comes this nail-biting thriller that packs a punch. Hollywood legend Gregory Peck (Night People) headlines a brilliant cast in this masterful story of a murder trial that will keep you guessing until the final frame. When arrestingly attractive Maddalena Anna Paradine (Alida Valli, The Third Man) is charged with poisoning her husband, she hires famous London barrister Anthony Keane (Peck) to defend her. But as Keane unravels Maddalena's exotic past, the young attorney becomes hopelessly infatuated with his captivating client. Now, allowing his heart to rule his head, Keane's blind obsession could cost him the case and his marriage as the shocking truth is revealed in a sensational courtroom climax! The stellar cast includes Charles Laughton (Witness for the Prosecution), Charles Coburn (The More the Merrier), Ethel Barrymore (Deadline U.S.A.), Leo G. Carroll (North by Northwest) and Louis Jourdan (Gigi).
Publisher: [New York, New York] :, Kino Lorber,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC PAR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (125 minutes) :,sound, black and white ;,4 3/4 inches.
digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda

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empbee
Dec 25, 2017

Not the best of Hitchcock's but enjoyable. The acting characters are not as good as the story wanted them to be.
The additional interviews are worth watching.

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mylibrarystuff
Dec 03, 2017

Synopsis by dvdtalk.com: - Distinguished, never-loses-a-case trial lawyer Anthony Keane (Gregory Peck) takes on the murder defense of Mrs. Maddalena Anna Paradine (Alida Valli, billed as just Valli), accused of poisoning her husband, a respected hero blinded in the war. She's a total mystery, keeping her thoughts and emotions private, yet communicating an attraction toward Keane that disturbs his judgement, and almost ruins his marriage to the understanding Gay (Ann Todd). Gay must weather both the indignity and helplessness of seeing her husband stray, while enduring the petty advances of trial Judge Lord Thomas Horfield (Charles Laughton). He's a pompous womanizer who treats his poor wife Lady Sophie (Ethel Barrymore) terribly. Anthony travels to the Paradine country home to investigate valet Andre Latour (Louis Jourdan), who may have aided Paradine in commiting suicide. Latour is hostile and uncooperative with Keane, and when Maddalena finds out Keane went to the country home, she becomes withdrawn and abrasive as well. When Keane goes to trial, both his defense and his private life begin to fall apart under personal stress, especially when Anna Paradine's behavior suggests that she's kept a lot hidden from him ...

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akirakato
May 31, 2016

This is a 1947 American film noir courtroom drama directed by Alfred Hitchcock based on the novel by Robert Smythe Hichens.
The film focuses on an English barrister who falls in love with a woman who is accused of murder, and how it affects his relationship with his wife.
It is a love story embedded in the emotional quicksand of a murder trial.
Superb are the performances of the major actors.
With suspenseful, shocking turns and twists, it is one of the most excellent psychological courtroom dramas.

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garycornell
Jan 12, 2015

Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece that has an great script and cast. I feel lucky to have seen it, since I thought I had already seen all the best Hitchcock films. Gregory Peck is sensational as a British barrister, you know, the type with the wigs and all. Charles Laughton plays the judge and a salty one at that. You won't find in the KCLS many movies as good as "The Paradine Case". A Five Star British Hitchcock Classic!

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Monolith
Mar 30, 2013

Shocking. Not the movie, unfortunately... the surprising lack of suspense in this so-called Hitchcock film (more of a Selznick film, as I've read after viewing). Far too much hoity-toity, lah-dee-dah, lovey-dovey jibber-jabber between Peck and his "oh so understanding" prim and proper wifey, and not enough meat and potatoes of a suspenseful thriller I've come to expect from Sir Alfred. 2½ stars MAX for some interesting camera angles, and the cast. Peck, the always enjoyable/miserable Charles Laughton, Louis Jourdan, Ethel Barrymore (poor little sweetie), and the Italian eye candy known as Alida Valli, who was intended to be (and sounds so much like) the next Ingrid Bergman. Astonishingly disappointing story, otherwise.

dragonsnakes Mar 14, 2011

Excellent court room drama starring Peck.

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Mar 30, 2013

Judge Lord Thomas Horfield: "...I do not like to be interrupted in the middle of an insult."

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