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The Verdict (1946)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 23 November 1946 (USA)
After an innocent man is executed in a case he was responsible for, a Scotland Yard superintendent finds himself investigating the murder of his key witness.

Director:

Don Siegel

Writers:

Peter Milne (screenplay), Israel Zangwill (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sydney Greenstreet ... Supt. George Edward Grodman
Peter Lorre ... Victor Emmric
Joan Lorring ... Lottie Rawson
George Coulouris ... Supt. John R. Buckley
Rosalind Ivan ... Mrs. Vicky Benson
Paul Cavanagh ... Clive Russell
Arthur Shields ... Rev. Holbrook
Morton Lowry ... Arthur Kendall
Holmes Herbert ... Sir William Dawson
Art Foster Art Foster ... PC Warren
Clyde Cook ... Barney Cole
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Storyline

Mr. Grodman was a respected superintendent at Scotland Yard until a mistake in an investigation caused the execution of an innocent man. He takes the blame and is dismissed, replaced by the obnoxious, gloating Buckley. Feeling vengeful, Grodman would like nothing more than to see Buckley look foolish on the job. His friend Victor Emmric, an artist with macabre tastes, wouldn't mind either and soon a mysterious murder occurs that may provide them with the chance. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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USA

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Release Date:

23 November 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Verdict See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Feature directorial debut of Don Siegel. See more »

Goofs

When Victor is watching Lottie sing and doing a drawing on the table; the champagne bottle in the bucket is leaning away from him. But on the next cut when Lottie is approaching his table; the position of the bottle has changed and is now leaning towards him. See more »

Quotes

Supt. John R. Buckley: Why have you come here?
Victor Emmric: I have always had a supressed desire to see a grave opened... especially at night.
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Connections

Version of The Crime Doctor (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Sobre las olas (Over the Waves)
(uncredited)
Music by Juventino Rosas
Played when Lottie joins Grodman and Emmric at the table
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A must see for those who love a mystery
3 June 2005 | by kayo_beeSee all my reviews

Although there have been thousands of murder mysteries in hard cover and paper back, very few have translated to the movies well. Rarely is an audience ever surprised.

In The Verdict, Sydney Greenstreet as Supt. George Edward Grodman and Peter Lorre as Victor Emmric team up in what might be billed as the best whodunnit ever produced for the screen.

Grodman is summarily dismissed from his Scotland Yard position. After his forced retirement a neighbor is murdered and he and his eccentric friend Emmric try to solve the crime.

Why this is not among the favorites of every fan of this genre is a mystery in itself.


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