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The Paradine Case (1947) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and produced by David O. Selznick.

Academy Awards 1947 --- Ceremony Number 20 (source: AMPAS)

Best Supporting ActressEthel BarrymoreNominated

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The Paradine Case

By Amanda Garrett on Aug 17, 2017 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm reviewing The Paradine Case (1947). Director Alfred Hitchcock's courtroom drama is about a mysterious woman (Alida Valli) who may have murdered her blind husband. This article is part of The Third Annual Barrymore Trilogy Blogathon hosted by In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood. ... Read full article

Blu-ray Review: The Paradine Case

By Devon Powell on Jun 1, 2017 From Hitchcock Master

Distributor: Kino Lorber Release Date: May 30, 2017 Region: Region Free Length: 01:54:16 Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC) Main Audio: 2.0 English DTS-HD Master Audio (48 kHz, 1556 kbps, 16-bit) Subtitles: English SDH Ratio: 1.37:1 Bitrate: 23.92 Mbps Notes: This is the film?s North American Blu-ray debut.... Read full article


By Theresa Brown on Jun 14, 2016 From CineMaven's Essays from the Couch

Hitchcock introduces us to Mrs. Paradine. His camera slowly revolves around her. He gives her a breathtaking close-up which brings us closer to her than personal decorum or propriety would allow. Alida Valli plays Mrs. Paradine, this cool, beautifully austere, unapproachable looking woman. And she ... Read full article

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Sir Simon Flaquer: [about Mrs. Paradine] I've been of the opinion that she was a woman of very low estate and very easy virtue.

Gay Keane: Tony's torn him to pieces - it was horrible.
Judy Flaquer: But darling, you've got to remember, its Tony's job.

Anthony Keane, Counsel for the Defense: Does the name of Margaret Wells convey anything to you?
Andre Latour, Paradine's Valet: [hesitating] Yes, sir.
Anthony Keane, Counsel for the Defense: What does that name convey to you?
[Latour doesn't respond]
Anthony Keane, Counsel for the Defense: Well, I must try to help your memory. I put it to you that some years ago you were engaged to Margaret Wells of Three Rivers, Quebec; that on your wedding day she left you at the church door and went off with a saddler named Richard Truton.
Andre Latour, Paradine's Valet: That is finished! That is in the past!
Judge Lord Thomas Horfield: Your question may be relevant, Mr Keane; its relevance escapes me.
Anthony Keane, Counsel for the Defense: M'lord, I submit that the witness has shown, in his evidence and also in his behavior, an almost pathological bias against, not only my client, but against all women.
Judge Lord Thomas Horfield: I may be stupid, but I fail to understand what this jilting has to do with the case; after seeing the witness and observing his appearance and bearing, I should be inclined to regard the young lady's conduct as pathological, not his.

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Alfred Hitchcock and David O. Selznick wanted either Ronald Colman or Sir Laurence Olivier for the role "Malcolm Keane." But both were unavailable: Colman was making "A Double Life" and Olivier was making his version of "Hamlet". So the role went to Gregory Peck. And the name "Malcolm Keane" was changed to "Anthony Keane."
Greta Garbo turned down the role of Martha in "I Remember Mama" around the same time she also rejected the role of "Mrs. Paradine" in Alfred Hitchcock's The Paradine Case (1947). She is reputed to have commented, "No murderesses, no mamas."
According to Book "Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light", Hitchcock's favorite effect, he told Charles Higham, had been planned since the inception of The Paradine Case. Keane and Sir Simon Flaquer walk toward the camera as they enter Lincoln's Inn, part of venerable fourteenth-century London law complex. The two are seen entering the building, closing the door, walking up the stairs, turning the corner, heading along a landing into an office, and then continuing into the office, all without a single cut. It was one of Hitchcock's signature composites, using background projection and a treadmill, elaborately planned and prepared in advance by his second unit in London. Opposed to the long take, and oblivious of the significance of Lincoln's Inn, Selznick deleted the shot.
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