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The Accused (1949)





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The Accused is a mystery melodrama with a predictable plot involving blackmail, attempted rape and murder. Wilma Tuttle Loretta Young is a school teacher who is assaulted by a student, Bill Perry (Douglas Dick), and, while defending herself, kills him with a tire iron. Frightened, she attempts to make the murder look like an accident. Wilma, despite the fact that she acted in defense, feels increasingly guilty about her actions. Wilma is further conscience stricken when she falls in love with the student's guardian, Warren Ford (Robert Cummings). Despite a good performance by Wendell Corey as a police investigator, The Accused is a rather predictable, routine melodrama, directed without any particular distinction by William Dieterle.


Loretta Young
as Dr. Wilma Tuttle
Robert Cummings
as Warren Ford
Wendell Corey
as Lt. Ted Dorgan
Sam Jaffe
as Dr. Romley
Douglas Dick
as Bill Perry
Suzanne Dalbert
as Susan Duval
George Spaulding
as Dean Rhodes
Sara Allgood
as Mrs. Conner
Mickey Knox
as Jack Hunter
Francis Pierlot
as Dr. Vinson
Ann Doran
as Miss Rice
Billy Mauch
as Harry Brice
Eric Alden
as Detective
John Bishop
as Detective
Edward Clark
as Professor
Joe Gray
as Abe Comar (fighter)
Nolan Leary
as Coroner
Irene Ryan
as Boxing fan
Sally Shepherd
as Tea Room hostess
Henry Travers
as Romley's assistant
Josephine Whittell
as Dean's secretary
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Critic Reviews for The Accused

All Critics (4)

A good and unusual noir in a decent special edition blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

January 5, 2022 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Wendell Corey's copper is both a heinous and a ridiculous character, but everything else clicks.

December 4, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

If The Accused is ultimately of its time, it also attempts to stretch beyond it. While not exactly a progressive film, it nevertheless grapples with assault, victim-blaming, and women existing within a deeply patriarchal culture.

November 18, 2021 | Full Review…

Dour and rather dullish but well-acted psychological crime drama.

February 7, 2007 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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