The Paradine Case Overview:

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


This is the last of the films Hitchcock directed under producer Selznick, who co-wrote the script. A happily married English barrister (Peck) falls in love with a beautiful client (Valli) accused of murdering her husband. Peck learns of Valli's affair with her stableman (Jourdan) and calls him to the stand. The result is a stunning reversal and death. In pure Selznick style, nearly a third of the film's budget went to re-creating the original courtroom on the set. Valli and Jourdan's American film debuts.

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

Best Supporting ActressEthel BarrymoreNominated

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Noir I Don’t Care For: The Paradine Case (1947)

By shadowsandsatin on Jul 4, 2021 From Shadows and Satin

As I?ve mentioned a time or two in previous posts, I am a member of a classic movie meetup group that continued to flourish throughout the pandemic; each week, we’re assigned an old movie that?s available on YouTube, and then we gather via Zoom to discuss it. Moderated by Steven Reginald over ... Read full article

Gregory Peck tops the cast in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Paradine Case”

By Stephen Reginald on Jun 23, 2021 From Classic Movie Man

Gregory Peck tops the cast in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Paradine Case” The Paradine Case (1947) is an American courtroom drama directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Gregory Peck, Ann Todd, Charles Laughton, Charles Coburn, and Ethel Barrymore. The film introduced Alida Valli... Read full article

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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Anthony Keane, Counsel for the Defense: Is anyone living at the hall now?
Driver: Only the caretaker, Mrs. Clarr - maybe Andre's back from London now. They say he knows more about the poor Colonel's death than he would tell. He's a queer one, all right.
Anthony Keane, Counsel for the Defense: In what way?
Driver: Oh, I don't know. He keeps himself to himself - perhaps that's because he's foreign. They never do seem quite the same, do they, sir?

Sir Simon Flaquer: [about Mrs. Paradine] You'll find her a strange woman with an almost mystical charm.

Sir Joseph, Counsel for the Prosecution: M'lord, I would like to have an opportunity to consider what bearing this has on the case: I've just been informed that the witness Latour has done away with himself.

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While Alfred Hitchcock liked the actors, he felt that Gregory Peck, Alida Valli and Louis Jourdan were unsuited to their roles. David O. Selznick asserted his power as studio head to insist that Hitchcock use them.
Although "The Paradine Case" was a box office failure, many critics noticed performances from Ann Todd and Joan Tetzel. Time Magazine (Jan. 12, 1948 issue) commented on their performances with remarks like this - "The only characters who come sharply to life are the barrister's wife (Ann Todd) and her confidante (Joan Tetzel)." Variety Magazine Commented about Ann Todd's performance in "The Paradine Case" like this "Ann Todd delights as his wife, giving the assignment a grace and understanding that tug at the emotions."
James Mason was also considered for the role "Anthony Keane."
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