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The Verdict (1946)





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The novel The Big Bow Mystery by Israel Zangwill had been filmed in 1928 as The Perfect Crime and again in 1934 as The Crime Doctor. This 1946 version was the best and marked the directorial debut of Don Siegel. It also paired the popular duo of Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet for the last time. Greenstreet plays George Grodman, a veteran Scotland Yard chief who is forced out after a murderer that he helped convict is found innocent after his execution. His successor is the pompous Buckley (George Coulouris), who vows to do much better. Lorre plays Victor Emmric, an artist illustrating a crime book that Grodman is writing. A tenant in a building near Grodman's apartment is found dead by a landlady who summons Grodman to the scene. The victim's door appears to have been locked from the inside. Chief Buckley fingers Clive Russell (Paul Cavanagh), a friend of Grodman. With only circumstantial evidence, the superintendent railroads Russell into a conviction that carries the death sentence. Grodman tries to prove his friend innocent, but the only woman who can provide Russell an alibi is dead.


Sydney Greenstreet
as Supt. George Edward Grodman
Peter Lorre
as Victor Emmric
Joan Lorring
as Lottie Rawson
Rosalind Ivan
as Mrs. Vicky Benson
George Coulouris
as Supt. Buckley
Paul Cavanagh
as Clive Russell
Arthur Shields
as Rev. Holbrook
Morton Lowry
as Arthur Kendall
Holmes Herbert
as Sir William Dawson
Art Foster
as P.C. Warren
Clyde Cook
as Barney Cole
Janet Murdoch
as Sister Brown
Ian Wolfe
as Jury Foreman
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All Critics (2)

This is a gaslight thriller without romance.

April 11, 2019 | Full Review…

The pairing of Lorre and Greenstreet is always entertaining.

January 25, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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