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½ May 18, 2017
Not even the world's most thrilling director, Gregory Peck, and an early Hollywood appearance of Louis Jordan can save this tedious, narcoleptic-inducing court-room drama. It does have its moments of course but the running time is quite unecessary and as a result, there is little or no tension to propell it forward or sustain interest to the viewer.
½ February 20, 2016
There's a decent story here that is squandered on a screenplay that doesn't use enough of its potential; Peck is left trying hard, as a defence lawyer who falls (immediately, in typical Hitchcock fashion) for his client. He's solid, but he's not given the script to get any nuance or insight to his character, who charges around blindly for most of the movie and his suffering wife is even more underwritten. Hitchcock's heart is clearly not in it and while this still is not a bad entry in his career (it's by no mean incompetent) neither is it a memorable one.
December 13, 2015
Great cast but not the most exciting Hitchcock movie!
½ April 15, 2015
some excellently written and directed courtroom drama, when it gets to the courtroom mostly. but the main core of the melodrama is that Anthony Keane falls in love with Mrs Paradine, and I just don't buy it. it May be because there's so little chemistry between the two actors - Valdi is playing a cold femme fatale, and within her own dimensions does a decent job, especially in her early scenes, and Peck is varying between not so much stiff but bland and trying to reach up to a certain dramatic height that he only reaches sometimes. Ann Todd actually has more chemistry with Peck as husband and wife together, though only gets one meaty monologue (which is cleverly pointed out by the character as to be a 'speech'), but it only goes so far. Still, there's enough to make it engaging for the points of a mystery whodunit, and a little Charles Laughton goes a long way (a scene where he kinda sorta has a friendly chat with Todd is maybe the most darkly funny and weird scene of the movie, the most 'Hitch' in his way). But it shouldn't seem mysterious as to who really dun it, and that's not here or there. at the same time Its not hard to see where Selznick likely meddled in the directors attempts to make this more compelling and curious. There are some shots that work and break out of the stodgy story beats, and some that don't (and most baffling is seeing filmmakers like this break the 180 rule with the camera at one point, and for no reason other than incompetence). what's missing from the Paradine Case seems to be some sense of general levity to offset how (melo)dramatic the rest of the story is, whether that was also lost by Selznick it's hard to say. the most crippling thing to an otherwise good movie is a somewhat by the numbers feel.
½ January 20, 2015
Me gustò la ambientaciòn, la fotografìa, los movimientos de c mara fant sticos, pero sentì que faltò algo. Una pelìcula menor de Hitch, que sin embargo se deja apreciar.
½ September 13, 2014
Even Hitchcock had some duds. This overly melodramatic courtroom drama is one of them.
½ September 3, 2014
Gregory Peck stars as a British lawyer who takes on a case of a woman accused of murdering her blind husband, and seemingly falls for her (which causes obvious issues with himself and his wife). It is a solid courtroom drama, and Peck is always a likable leading man. Certainly not on of Hitchcock's most creatively successful films, but as is so often the case with Hitch it is a watchable classic film.
October 19, 2013
OK. To say that about a Hitchcock movie means it was quite a let down. Peck did well but the main female character of Mrs Paradine was not included enough to care about her so the intrigue was somewhat lost.
September 13, 2013
I don't know if it is because I'm a law student, but I wasn't as interested in this film as, say, Suspicion, Notorious, or Spellbound. While Peck did a decent job, I couldn't see the charm of Anna Paradine. It was odd how he could become obsessed with her. As a aside, I didn't get why everybody called them "Paradeene," you say "Paradise," not Paradeese."
½ August 15, 2013
Mrs. Paradine just doesn't have the dazzling magic like Eva Marie Saint and Kim Novak to convince me that Gregory Peck is devoting himself to defend for her. Especially when her convict is doomed explicitly at the beginning, all the revelations later and twists are unappealing to me. The presence of Charles Laughton is a pleasure, but he just doesn't have enough time to show himself off.
½ March 5, 2013
More than a courtroom soap opera,a major Hitchcock work--Hitchcock's Courtroom Fizzle!!
½ January 2, 2013
Alida was a perfect Mrs. Paradine, and Gregory Peck performance here was good, i love the twist of the love story, again well done Mr. Hitchock
½ October 28, 2012
A lesser-known Hitchcock courtroom drama. Intriguing, but not entirely satisfying. Plot turns out to be average, and the human/romantic drama is a damp squib. What gets it through is Hitchcock's style, and what style it is. He manages to create and maintain suspense out of nothing. The camera distances and angles are a treat, as is the editing.

Solid performance by Gregory Peck, in an early role. Good support from Ann Todd, Charles Laughton, Alida Valli and Ethel Barrymore.
½ September 23, 2012
Would have loved to have seen this with Hitchcock's choices for the leads: Greta Garbo as Anna Paradine; Laurence Olivier as Anthony Keane and Ingrid Bergman as Gay Keane. Gregory Peck is disappointing as Anthony Keane because he is obviously American and he shows no restraint in his portrayal. Charles Laughton steals the show as Judge Horfield and his character provides an interesting morality twist to the straightforward storyline. Not a favourite Hitchcock film for me but definitely well worth watching.
½ July 27, 2012
As much as I have always admired Hitchcock's work, I just couldn't bare the monotony and flatness that surround The Paradine Case. Unfortunately, this film is probably one of the most boring and least interesting of all of the great director's works. The storyline is very slow and simple, and there aren't any spectacular suspenseful moments that he accustomed us to so frequently. Sadly, in times of so many fast-paced and impressive courtroom thrillers and dramas (i.e. Witness for the Prosecution, Anatomy of a Murder, Judgment at Nuremberg) this movie really deserved the bad reputation that it gained in the first few years after its original release. If it weren't for the well-known director and notable movie stars, the movie would probably end up as some long-forgotten B-grade flick that no one would really want to watch. However, the viewer might admire the very beautiful scenery, sets, and costumes shown in the picture. On the plus side, very involving courtroom scenes and great acting by Gregory Peck, Alida Valli and Ann Todd. In the end, The Paradine Case looks more like a soap opera designed for TV, not a substantial film.
March 7, 2012
While this is the weakest of the Hitchcock/Selznick films that I have seen it still isn't as bad as some of the reviews might suggest. It is decidedly unspectacular however it is solid enough. Not really one for repeat viewings though.
March 3, 2012
Too chatty and the story is bad, but I love it on a technical level. The cinematography is among the best in Hitchock. The shadows in this!
January 29, 2012
Greatest Femmes Fatales in Classic Film Noir
November 17, 2011
Even though most people don't always like this Hitchcock gem, "The Paradine Case" is still compelling, well acted, and never boring. Successful lawyer Anthony Keane (Peck) is assigned to an exotic client, Maddalena Paradine (Valli) a woman accused of killing her blind and much older husband. The more he gets involved in the case however, Keane falls harder for his client which temporarily destroys his marriage (Todd) and trust in others. In the long run, however, Keane learns more about his client, and some of the facts may not be as pleasant as he thought. "The Paradine Case" was Alfred Hitchcock's follow up to the extremely successful "Notorious", which starred Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant. Yes, "The Paradine Case" is nowhere near as good, and is not as suspenseful as many of the other master's films, I admit that it is one of my favorite courtroom dramas. It might fail as a romance film or even a drama, but the story itself is very compelling, and the screenwriters pull the complicated story off wonderfully. Obviously, the film was to be one of the "star-studded pictures" that were extremely popular in the day, and it does, and has some of the most popular actors of the time, like Gregory Peck, Charles Laughton, Charles Coburn, and Ethel Barrymore. But in the long wrong, it's the cast of unknowns as the supporting players that make the film succeed. Valli, Ann Todd, and Louis Jordan had planned to make this movie popular with American audiences, but the film was a commercial failure and it didn't live up to what they had hoped. Even so, they give the best performances in the film, and in every scene they're in they out-stage the actors that were so much bigger than them. "The Paradine Case" is definitely not one of Hitchcock's best films in terms of comparing, but it succeeds so well in the acting department that it's almost too hard to say this isn't a good film.
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