The Paradine Case details
|Starring:||Charles Laughton, Leo G. Carroll, Charles Coburn, Louis Jourdan, Ann Todd, Ethel Barrymore, Gregory Peck|
|Studio:||Fremantle Home Entertainment|
|Collections:||100 Top Thrillers|
The Paradine Case
|Run time:||1 hour 50 minutes|
|Rental release:||08 Apr 2002|
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Legal TangleBy Neville Kelley from Abergele, North Wales , 26 Jan 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]If you enjoy court cases with a difference, then The Paradine Case will be just what you want.
With fine performances from Gregory Peck and Valli (who also appears in The Third Man) along with Charles Coburn, Charles Laughton and Ethel Barrymore (Drew Barrymores Great Aunt). It is also interesting for the Louis Jourdon early role as the Valet.
A good all round film of the 1940's
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A Double Base CaseBy RinceRi (6 reviews) , 18 Dec 2011A little lengthier than yer average Hatchplot at an hour an' fifty; musta been made before Alfred's famous dictum about the size of a man's bladder! The Paradine Case stumbles along under a cringeworthy and incompetent screenplay. It possesses a bunch of fine luminaries,Peck- fresh from Gentleman's Agreement, Ann Todd,Charles Coburn, a ludicrous Ethel Barrymore, and yet another scandalous waste of the incomparable Charles Laughton's immense talent! Oh, and it also features a bloke who arrives at a railway station with a double base. Damn! Is that a spoiler?
The Paradine CaseBy a customer , 07 Jun 2011I liked this film because Gregory peck was starring in it, he always gives a good account of himself, The story was ok.I found Alida Valli very convincing, Ann Todd too but unfortunately a little old fashioned.
real stinkerBy a customer , 22 May 2011Even the most die-hard Hitch fan will struggle not to fall asleep on the Paradine Case. Even Allida Valli's haunting beauty can't liven up the proceedings - and Gregory Peck is so wooden as her apparently smitten admirer and defence lawyer that it is impossible to care about the outcome of her trial one way or the other. Anne Todd is his drippy wife and he doesn't seem to be able to conjure up any spark of electricity for either of them. Moreover there's a peculiar and unpleasant little sermon which comes at the end and makes it all even worse.
Suitable case for treatmentBy Cyclops7 (63 reviews) from North of Hollywood , 29 Mar 2011
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideAbsent suspense or commonsense, this film fared badly on release nigh on 60 years ago and is no better with the passage of time.
The plot, such as it is, is mind-numbingly stupid: without a shred of evidence, a woman is accused of murdering her husband. And, er, that's it.
Peck is required to essay a convincing role as a top barrister who falls in love with the accused. He fails. Utterly. There's no chemistry between either his character and the accused, or twixt him and actress Ailida Valli.
Hitchcock's direction is at best tedious, but mostly clunky: seemingly hours of trite dialog unfold with almost nothing in the way of substance or momentum.
The courtroom scenes are downright laughable -- both now, and as they undoubtedly were then, when audiences decided they'd rarely been subjected to such rubbish.
Sometimes, good movies of yesteryear get unjustifiably lost or overlooked by contemporary audiences.
'The Paradine Case' is most definitely not one of them.
Avoid, if you value your time.
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The Paradine CaseBy Miriam from Ealing, London , 24 Feb 2011An interesting film, but lacks the sinister moments you expect from a Hitchcock film.