The Paradine Case (1947)


“I do not like to be interrupted in the middle of an insult. ” – Judge Lord Thomas Horfield

Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Mar 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Things get complicated when a lawyer defending a woman accused of murdering her husband falls in love with her.

My Take on it – In my quest to try and watch and review all of Alfred Hitchcock’s films, I came across one of his few courtroom dramas and was expecting it to be so much better than it truly is.

This is a very mediocre courtroom drama and despite that it was in the very capable hands of Hitchcock, it just doesn’t work at all.

The cast is superb but they all somehow feel limited by the way that the story is framed which takes away from the potential that this story had which is quite a shame.

Ts isn’t even close to being among HItchcock’s best films largely due to the fact that it moves along too slowly to be effective enough.

Bottom Line – Very mediocre Hitchcock film that isn’t nearly as powerful as most of his films at that particular time were.  Amazing cast feel limited by the way that the story is framed which is quite a shame. Not even close to being one of Hitchcock’s best films and even the courtroom scenes are too boring.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Alfred Hitchcock delivered the completed film to the studio, after a Hitchcock record of 92 days of filming, it ran almost three hours. This rough cut was initially trimmed to 132 minutes, which was the version screened for the Academy of Arts & Sciences. In this version, Ethel Barrymore can be seen as the half-crazed wife of Lord Horfield, which explains the Oscar nomination for her performance. (There was apparently a brilliant museum scene where Lady Horfield requests Anthony Keane to save Mrs. Paradine, and another scene where Lady Horfield tries to hide her coughing from her husband.) Producer David O. Selznick subsequently cut the film to 125 minutes, and then to its present length of 11 4 minutes, in which Barrymore’s screen time totals about 3 minutes. In 1980, a flood reputedly destroyed the original, uncut version, making the restoration of the cut scenes unlikely, although it has been reported that some of these cut scenes reside at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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2 thoughts on “The Paradine Case (1947)

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