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The Accused (1949)

The Accused (1949)

The Accused





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The Accused is a mystery melodrama with a predictable plot involving blackmail, attempted rape and murder. Wilma Tuttle Loretta Young is a school teacher who is assaulted by a student, Bill Perry (Douglas Dick), and, while defending herself, kills him with a tire iron. Frightened, she attempts to make the murder look like an accident. Wilma, despite the fact that she acted in defense, feels increasingly guilty about her actions. Wilma is further conscience stricken when she falls in love with the student's guardian, Warren Ford (Robert Cummings). Despite a good performance by Wendell Corey as a police investigator, The Accused is a rather predictable, routine melodrama, directed without any particular distinction by William Dieterle.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Ketti Frings
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Paramount Pictures


Loretta Young
as Dr. Wilma Tuttle
Robert Cummings
as Warren Ford
Wendell Corey
as Lt. Ted Dorgan
Sam Jaffe
as Dr. Romley
Douglas Dick
as Bill Perry
Suzanne Dalbert
as Susan Duval
George Spaulding
as Dean Rhodes
Sara Allgood
as Mrs. Conner
Mickey Knox
as Jack Hunter
Francis Pierlot
as Dr. Vinson
Ann Doran
as Miss Rice
Billy Mauch
as Harry Brice
Eric Alden
as Detective
Edward Clark
as Professor
Joe Gray
as Abe Comar (fighter)
Nolan Leary
as Coroner
Irene Ryan
as Boxing fan
Sally Shepherd
as Tea Room hostess
Henry Travers
as Romley's assistant
Josephine Whittell
as Dean's secretary
John Bishop
as Detective
Bert Moorhouse
as Prosecutor
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All Critics (1)

Dour and rather dullish but well-acted psychological crime drama.

Full Review… | February 7, 2007
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Audience Reviews for The Accused

I usually enjoy this kind of story, the murderer who has to work closely with the people trying to solve the crime, and slowly feels the noose tightening around his/her neck. It's terrific in Dial M for Murder and Where the Sidewalk Ends (even The Woman in the Window, despite its silly ending). This is a slightly more subdued version of it, tense but more in a psychological way. A little heavy on the mumbo jumbo maybe, but not annoyingly so. Loretta Young does a good job with it. I still don't think much of Robert Cummings, his smarminess nearly ruins Saboteur and he's not much better here. However, Wendell Corey is always a delight. There's a few clever bits of business, particularly with reflections. The film does suffer from a couple of common noir flaws: a lousy score and a conclusion that's too tidy. Otherwise, though, it's quite enjoyable.

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