Browning Cinema

The Paradine Case (1947)

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
The Paradine Case Learning Beyond the Classics
Learning Beyond the Classics
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
With Gregory Peck, Ann Todd, Charles Laughton
Not Rated, 125 minutes, 35mm

Hitchcock referred to The Paradine Case as “a love story embedded in the emotional quicksand of a murder trial,” a novelty at the time before it the courtroom romance drama became common prime time fare. Here, attorney Anthony Keane (Gregory Peck) agrees to represent Londonite Mrs. Paradine (Alida Valli), who has been accused of offing her husband. From the start, the married lawyer is drawn to her enigmatic beauty (the character was based on Greta Garbo in the novel), and he strategizes how to exonerate his client. Keane puts Andre Latour (Louis Jourdan), the Paradine household servant, on the stand, suggesting he is the killer. Keane soon loses his way in the courtroom, and his half-baked plan sets off a stunning chain of events.






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