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Based on a novel by Robert Hichens, The Paradine Case concerns Anna Paradine Alida Valli, on trial for the murder of her wealthy husband. British barrister Anthony Keane played by the aggressively American Gregory Peck takes on the case-and in the process, falls in love with Anna, despite being married himself. Despite his client's protests, Keane summons Anna's lover, unkempt stableman Andre Latour Louis Jourdan, hoping to prove in court that Latour was the killer. Only after a series of stunning upsets does ...
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Overview

Based on a novel by Robert Hichens, The Paradine Case concerns Anna Paradine Alida Valli, on trial for the murder of her wealthy husband. British barrister Anthony Keane played by the aggressively American Gregory Peck takes on the case-and in the process, falls in love with Anna, despite being married himself. Despite his client's protests, Keane summons Anna's lover, unkempt stableman Andre Latour Louis Jourdan, hoping to prove in court that Latour was the killer. Only after a series of stunning upsets does Keane realize that, for the first time in his career, he has allowed his heart to rule his head. In a typically perverse Hitchcockian development, the film's most unpleasant character, an autocratic, vindictive judge played by Charles Laughton, is one of the few who can see through Anna's facade. Hitchcock had wanted Greta Garbo to play Anna Paradine, and indeed a screen test was filmed, but Garbo ultimately declined. At the time of filming, Hitchcock was enamored with uninterrupted, 10-minute takes later used to the extreme in Rope; thus, the Old Bailey courtroom set where much of the action takes place was designed to accommodate multiple cameras and elaborately conceived crane movements. Such techniques were cumbersome in 1947, and as a result the over-illuminated set ended up costing $70,000, jacking up the film's overall budget to a whopping $3 million quite a pretty penny in those days. The film was a box-office disappointment, spelling the end of the always-rocky association between Alfred Hitchcock and producer David O. Selznick.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/30/2007
  • EAN: 8809116451094
  • Original Release: 1947
  • Source: Imports
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 16,729

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gregory Peck Anthony Keane
Ann Todd Gay Keane
Charles Laughton Judge Horfield
Charles Coburn Sir Simon Flaquer
Ethel Barrymore Sophie Horfield
Louis Jourdan Andre Latour
Alida Valli Maddalena/Anna Paradine
Leo G. Carroll Council for the Prosecution
Joan Tetzel Judy Flaquer
Isobel Elsom Innkeeper
Patrick Aherne
John W. Goldsworthy
Alfred Hitchcock Man Carrying a Cello
Lester Matthews
Colin Hunter
John Williams Barrister
Technical Credits
Alfred Hitchcock Director
Travis Banton Costumes/Costume Designer
James Bridie Screenwriter
Lowell J. Farrell Asst. Director
John D. Faure Editor
Lee Garmes Cinematographer
J. McMillan Johnson Production Designer
Hal Kern Editor
Emile Kuri Set Decoration/Design
Tom Morahan Art Director
Joseph B. Platt Set Decoration/Design
Alma Reville Screenwriter
David O. Selznick Producer, Screenwriter
Clarence Slifer Special Effects
James G. Stewart Sound/Sound Designer
Richard VanHessen Sound/Sound Designer
Franz Waxman Score Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Out of print Hitchcock film now available!

    This Hitchcock film has not been available on DVD for awhile, so I was happy to find this and others available earlier this year. Although not one of Hitch's best, I still found the film interesting. This is a courtroom drama so do not look for a chase scene or a murder(that happened before the movie began), but does include a surprise ending and Hitchcock's camera work when it was not trimmed by the producer David O. Selznick. The film has beem restored and has a few extras. I found the commentary interseting.

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