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Accused
     

The Accused

Director: William Dieterle, Loretta Young, Robert Cummings, Wendell Corey

Cast: William Dieterle, Loretta Young, Robert Cummings, Wendell Corey

 
The Accused is a mystery melodrama with a predictable plot involving blackmail, attempted rape and murder. Loretta Young stars as Wilma Tuttle, a prim and proper college professor who unwittingly arouses the libido of student Bill Perry (Douglas Dick). When Perry tries to rape Wilma under cover of darkness, she beats him to death with a tire iron. Appalled by

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The Accused is a mystery melodrama with a predictable plot involving blackmail, attempted rape and murder. Loretta Young stars as Wilma Tuttle, a prim and proper college professor who unwittingly arouses the libido of student Bill Perry (Douglas Dick). When Perry tries to rape Wilma under cover of darkness, she beats him to death with a tire iron. Appalled by her own rash behavior, she tries to cover up her crime by making it seem as though Perry was killed while diving into the sea from a precipitous cliff. But as she follows the police investigation of Perry's death, Wilma realizes that she'll never be able to escape the prison of her own conscience -- especially when she falls in love with Warren Ford (Robert Cummings), the dead boy's guardian. Wendell Corey delivers the film's best performance as a quietly efficient homicide lieutenant who suspects that Wilma knows more than she's letting on. The Accused was adapted by Ketti Frings from the novel by June Truesdell.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A nifty little psychological thriller, The Accused may seem a bit dated to modern day viewers, but it still has enough punch to be worth watching. Although it sags slightly in the middle, the end sections are terrific, and even the slight mispacing in the middle is mild and hardly worth mentioning. William Dieterle's smooth and assured direction highlights the tension at every turn and also takes time to get into the psyches of the characters, especially the tortured murderess-heroine whose efforts to fight her overwhelming guilt are driving her crazy. The psychology employed will seem a tad quaint nowadays, and the equation of "career woman" with "dull and lonely" will likewise be off-putting, but Accused manages to be effective despite this. The cast helps enormously, with the always-gorgeous Loretta Young holding onto the audience's sympathy throughout; we all know Young isn't a murderess, not at heart, and so are willing to not only forgive her for the circumstances which drive her to the act but to ache for all of her suffering. Robert Cummings is good as her ultimate love interest, but even better is Wendell Corey, whose icy performance as the detective out to get his woman is quite memorable. In a smaller role, Sam Jaffe shines as a police scientist whose callous attitude toward humanity strikes home.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/12/2016
UPC:
0025192384301
Original Release:
1948
Source:
Universal Mod
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
5,485

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Loretta Young Wilma Tuttle
Robert Cummings Warren Ford
Wendell Corey Lt. Ted Dorgan
Sam Jaffe Dr. Romley
Douglas Dick Bill Perry
Sara Allgood Mrs. Conner
Suzanne Dalbert Susan Duval
George Spaulding Dean Rhodes
Mickey Knox Jack Hunter
Francis Pierlot Dr. Vinson
Ann Doran Miss Rice
Carole Mathews Waitress
Billy Mauch Harry Brice
Eric Alden Detective
John Bishop Detective
Gladys Blake Woman
Douglas Carter Detective
Edward Clark Professor
Frank Darien Jerry
Al Ferguson Judge
Joe Gray Abe Comar (fighter)
John Indrisano Referee
Nolan Leary Coroner
Joe McTurk Man
Ralph Montgomery Newsman
Bert Moorhouse Prosecutor
Irene Ryan Boxing fan
Sally Shepherd Tea Room hostess
Henry Travers Romley's assistant
Josephine Whittell Dean's secretary

Technical Credits
William Dieterle Director
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Hans Dreier Art Director
Ketti Frings Screenwriter
Grace Gregory Set Decoration/Design
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Earl Hedrick Art Director
Gordon Jennings Special Effects
Milton Krasner Cinematographer
Warren Low Editor
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Victor Young Score Composer

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