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The Paradine Case 1947 123movies

The Paradine Case 1947 123movies

The dramatic case of a beautiful woman whose trial for murder held the nation spellbound.Dec. 31, 1947114 Min.
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Watch: The Paradine Case 1947 123movies, Full Movie Online – Following a short investigation, the London Police charge Maddalena Paradine with the poisoning murder of her older, blind husband, retired Colonel Richard Paradine, who was dependent on her and others to manage in his life due to his physical disability. She is up front about being a woman with a past, she only becoming wealthy and thus glamorous because of the marriage. Her personal solicitor Sir Simon Flaquer refers the case to his colleague Tony Keane. In spending time with Mrs. Paradise in prison, Tony is immediately attracted to her, that attraction which morphs into obsession. As such, Tony does whatever he can to clear her of the charges, either in mounting a defense of suicide, assisted or not, or that someone else killed him, the most likely candidate being the Colonel’s trusted valet, Andre Latour, with who Tony initially believes Mrs. Paradise was having an affair. In the process, Tony may be blinded to the evidence as it presents itself. Who can see what is going on is Tony’s wife Gay Keane, who not only believes their marriage has been a perfect one up to this point, but that he truly does believe his obsession with Mrs. Paradine being love, which Gay herself does not believe it to be. Gay can only stand by and hope for a specific verdict in the case so that Tony can return to her wholeheartedly without the specter of Mrs. Paradine hanging over their marriage..
Plot: Attorney Anthony Keane agrees to represent Londonite Mrs. Paradine, who has been fingered in her husband’s murder. From the start, the married lawyer is drawn to the enigmatic beauty, and he begins to cast about for a way to exonerate his client. Keane puts the Paradine household servant on the stand, suggesting he is the killer. But Keane soon loses his way in the courtroom, and his half-baked plan sets off a stunning chain of events.
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Crushing Out In Old Bailey
This was Gregory Peck’s second and last film with Alfred Hitchcock. He plays an English barrister who starts crushing out on his beautiful client who in this case is Alida Valli. Kind of hard to understand because at home he’s got a porcelain goddess in the person of Ann Todd who definitely rates as one of Hitchcock’s cool blonds. I guess Valli had a touch of the exotic for him as she did for Joseph Cotten in The Third Man.

For an English based film most of the cast is American. The English in this film are Charles Laughton, Ann Todd, Leo G. Carroll, and Joan Tetzel. Had Hitchcock had his way he would have gotten Sir Laurence Olivier over here to play Peck’s part. Peck does his best, but I think Olivier would have been really something in the part. His performance as George Hurstwood in Carrie which is a similar role proves that.

Peck is suggested as counsel by Charles Coburn, solicitor for Alida Valli. She’s been arrested for allegedly poisoning her rich and blind husband who was a war hero. The only other one around when the crime occurred was valet Louis Jourdan.

The thing I’ve always found curious about The Paradine Case is that while Peck’s courtroom skills are brilliant as he tries alternative theories of the crime, he still allows himself to be ruled by the client because of his male member. A lawyer not so emotionally involved would have just sat Valli down and told her the legal facts of life. Valli refuses to let that happen.

Among the supporting cast look for a deliciously malevolent performance as Judge Horfield by Charles Laughton. Both at home where during a dinner party he makes a clumsy attempt to seduce Ann Todd and later on in court where during the trial he slams Peck at every opportunity. Laughton is a picture of corpulent corruption.

In the films of Alfred Hitchcock, the most expensive part of the film is the set of Old Bailey courtroom which is completely rebuilt to scale. The set is quite impressive. Although Hitchcock had experimented with a one set film with Rope and later on Dial M for Murder was done almost entirely in a small apartment, the set really is most like the set in Rear Window. Nearly the entire cast is present in Old Bailey, each in his assigned location like the people in the courtyard apartments in Rear Window. Visually I find it quite impressive.

Although Peck is not well cast, he’s a good enough player to overcome the obstacles. The Paradine Case did not do as much for him as his earlier film for Hitchcock, Spellbound. Still it hurt no one’s careers by association with it.

Review By: bkoganbing
Paradine Lost
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, the prosecution contends the film before you is an indisputable dud, the weakest film ever made by the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. It would be a career low in many lesser careers, so it’s more startling the career in question is that of filmdom’s greatest director.

A blind war veteran, a pillar of society named Paradine, is found poisoned in his bed. The suspected murderer, his beautiful wife Maddalena (Alida Valli), faces the Crown defended by a smitten barrister named Anthony Keane, played by Gregory Peck, who feels his best chance of winning the case is to let the jury see his client’s true character and expose the victim’s valet as the real killer.

That whirring sound you hear is Johnnie Cochran spinning in his grave. Your head may be doing much the same before you see this turkey come home to roost. Hitchcock did make some less-then-successful films; “Jamaica Inn,” was named one of the 50 worst films of all time by Michael and Harry Medved. But “Jamaica Inn” at least has some fun performances and colorful settings to make up for an undernourished plot. The turgid, static proceedings of “The Paradine Case” require patience and a willingness to overlook plot holes wider than Charles Laughton.

The acting is wooden almost across the board, with only Laughton as an ill-tempered judge scoring occasionally. That’s only because he limits himself to raising an eyebrow or suppressing a grin while Peck, Valli, and the rest of the cast alternate between performing their one-dimensional roles in leaden fashion, or else overemoting whenever producer David O. Selznick’s script takes one of its hairpin turns.

The script is the worst thing here, with lines that undercut the supposed intelligence of the characters. Peck is given some choice howlers, like when someone raises the likelihood the Crown might try to prove Maddalena killed her husband, having put her in jail for it and all that.

“She’s not a murderess,” Keane explodes. “She’s too fine a woman…I only hope the Crown does try to foul her name once, just once.”

There’s also nonsensical exchanges like this, between Keane and another attorney played by Charles Coburn, who rivals Peck, Valli, and a young Louis Jourdan for giving the worst performance. “Have you ever thought about what you can learn from photographs?” “Ah, yes, the social footsteps of time.” Huh?

The film often seems focused on selling the beauty of Valli, an actress better known for her central role in “The Third Man” but hardly a stunner on the order of Garbo despite her thick accent. When Keane first meets her, the learned counsel is moved to utter: “Mr. Paradine could never have understood the sacrifice you were making (by marrying him.) He had never seen you.” Yeah, apart from the money, she was Mother Teresa.

The first half of the film is slow going, helped only by the English upper-class interiors Hitchcock always photographed well. There’s some decent early scenes in the trial, but then the proceedings erupt into anarchy and more hammy acting. Revelations fly one after another, while tears and sweat pour down grimacing faces. None of it makes much sense. You really don’t care how it ends, just so that it ends.

They say courtroom scenes are surefire drama highpoints in any film, but “The Paradine Case” is a clear exception. You would never think the lead actor in this film would go on to glory in the cinematic courtroom of “To Kill A Mockingbird,” or that the director was in the midst of a remarkable 30-plus-year run of making some of the greatest films ever known.

Hitchcock obviously made this under contractual obligation to Selznick, and it shows. You, however, are under no such obligation to view it. The prosecution rests.

Review By: slokes

Other Information:

Original Title The Paradine Case
Release Date 1947-12-31
Release Year 1947

Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 5 min (125 min), 1 hr 52 min (112 min) (Portugal), 1 hr 59 min (119 min) (re-release), 2 hr 12 min (132 min) (original), 1 hr 34 min (94 min) (edited television), 1 hr 55 min (115 min) (re-release)
Budget 4258000
Revenue 2100000
Status Released
Rated Approved
Genre Crime, Drama, Romance
Director Alfred Hitchcock
Writer Robert Hichens, Alma Reville, David O. Selznick
Actors Gregory Peck, Ann Todd, Charles Laughton
Country United States
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. 1 nomination total
Production Company N/A
Website N/A

Technical Information:

Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Camera N/A
Laboratory N/A
Film Length 3,612.79 m (14 reels)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm

The Paradine Case 1947 123movies
The Paradine Case 1947 123movies
The Paradine Case 1947 123movies
The Paradine Case 1947 123movies
The Paradine Case 1947 123movies
The Paradine Case 1947 123movies
The Paradine Case 1947 123movies
The Paradine Case 1947 123movies
The Paradine Case 1947 123movies
The Paradine Case 1947 123movies
Original title The Paradine Case
TMDb Rating 6.2 195 votes

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