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The Paradine Case (1947)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 24 June 1948 (Mexico)
A happily married London barrister falls in love with the accused poisoner he is defending.

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writers:

Robert Hichens (from the novel by), Alma Reville (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gregory Peck ... Anthony Keane
Ann Todd ... Gay Keane
Charles Laughton ... Judge Lord Thomas Horfield
Charles Coburn ... Sir Simon Flaquer
Ethel Barrymore ... Lady Sophie Horfield
Louis Jourdan ... Andre Latour
Alida Valli ... Maddalena Anna Paradine (as Valli)
Leo G. Carroll ... Sir Joseph
Joan Tetzel ... Judy Flaquer
Isobel Elsom ... Innkeeper
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Storyline

Highly successful London barrister Anthony Keane takes on the case of Italian Maddalena Paradine who is accused of poisoning her blind military hero husband. Keane comes increasingly under her spell, threatening both his marriage and his career. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 1948 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Alfred Hitchcock's The Paradine Case See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,258,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,789
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-release) | (original) | (edited television) | (re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the script, Malcolm Keane (Anthony Keane) is an Irishman. Gregory Peck was of Irish descent. See more »

Goofs

When Latour is seen in close-up in the court, there is a man on either side of him. In the long shots, there is nobody near him. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lakin: Dinner will be ready in fifteen minutes, mum.
Mrs. Maddalena Anna Paradine: Thank you, Lakin.
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Crazy Credits

In opening credits scroll below Ethel Barrymore: "and two new / Selznick Stars / Louis Jourdan / and / Valli". Alida Valli's name is in script form, and Jourdan had been playing leading roles in French films for several years before making "The Paradine Case". See more »

Alternate Versions

The film made its network television debut in a severely edited 95 minute version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Dick Cavett Show: Alfred Hitchcock (1972) See more »

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User Reviews

Hitchcock in the courtroom
20 November 2011 | by Petey-10See all my reviews

Mrs. Maddalena Anna Paradine is accused of her blind husband's murder.Barrister Anthony "Tony" Keane takes the case.He is in a loving marriage with Gay Keane, yet he starts falling for his client.The Paradine Case (1947) is an Alfred Hitchcock film.It's one of his lesser known films.It's based on Robert S. Hichens' novel from 1933.Hitch' wife Alma Reville is behind the adaptation.This movie has competent actors, which saves a lot.Gregory Peck is the leading man.Ann Todd plays his wife.Alida Valli is Mrs. Paradine.Charles Laughton portrays Judge Lord Thomas Horfield, while Ethel Barrymore plays his wife Lady Sophie.Charles Coburn plays Sir Simon Flaquer.Joan Tetzel is his daughter Judy.French actor Louis Jourdan, who turned 90 on June, gives his American debut as Andre Latour.Leo G. Carroll, who did six Hitchcock movies, is Sir Joseph.Isobel Elsom is Innkeeper.Silent era's 'Snub' Pollard is seen as Cabby.Hitchcock himself is seen as Man Carrying Cello Case.Besides the acting, the movie also works in the courtroom scenes.They're quite absorbing to watch.And the ending makes you feel quite bad for the main character.Hitch certainly made something better than this.This isn't one of his masterpieces.But this is the work of a master.And the master at his worst could come up with pretty good.


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