Monday, February 13, 2017

The Paradine Case 1947

     Anthony Keane is a brilliant lawyer practicing in London.  Sir Simon Flaquer asks him to defend Maddalena Anna Paradine on the charge of murdering her husband.  Keane takes the case and he believes Mrs. Paradine is innocent.  He thinks Andre Latourthe, the long time valet to her husband, is the guilty party.  Gay Keane, the wife of Anthony is worried that her husband is falling in love with Mrs. Paradine.  Gay believes Anthony must get a not guilty verdict for Mrs. Paradine.  If she were to die, Anthony would love a dead woman and Gay would not be able to compete.
     This is an interesting film, only Anthony Keane is 100% sure Mrs. Paradine is innocent.  Otherwise, how could he be in love with a murderer?  He sets out to prove that Latour is guilty even over the objections of Mrs. Paradine.  Keane believes she must be defended and proven innocent to everyone.  Gay knows it won’t do any good for her to get up in arms over this situation.  She can only let it play out in the courtroom.  3 ½* (I liked this movie)

125 min, Crime directed by Alfred Hitchcock with Gregory Peck, Ann Todd, Charles Laughton, Charles Coburn, Ethel Barrymore, Louis Jourdan, Alida Valli, Leo G. Carroll, Joan Tetzel, Isobel Elsom.

Note:  Imdb 6.5 out of 10, 75% critic 47% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 4* out of 5* with 66 reviews.
Special Note:  Alida Valli was a popular Italian actress as famous as Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida.  She acted in The Third Man, The Miracle of the Bells and Walk Softly, Stranger.

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