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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Quotes from

Sir Joseph, Counsel for the Prosecution: She had patience. She could wait. This was, indeed, no ordinary woman.

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.

Andre Latour, Paradine's Valet: I know why you wanted to see me - *she* sent you.
Anthony Keane, Counsel for the Defense: She? Mrs. Paradine doesn't even know that I'm here. She had nothing to do with it.
Andre Latour, Paradine's Valet: It seems I'm wrong then.
Anthony Keane, Counsel for the Defense: Why would she send me?
Andre Latour, Paradine's Valet: She might have her reasons.
Anthony Keane, Counsel for the Defense: I don't know what they might be.
Andre Latour, Paradine's Valet: But perhaps you don't know her as I do.
Anthony Keane, Counsel for the Defense: Mrs. Paradine is my client. I know her as her lawyer, that's sufficient for me.
Andre Latour, Paradine's Valet: You may not think it, but you're on the wrong side, sir, and I tell you so.
Anthony Keane, Counsel for the Defense: What so you mean exactly by that? You'd better make yourself clear.
Andre Latour, Paradine's Valet: Excuse me, sir. You have only known Mrs. Paradine since she is in prison. Is it not so?
Anthony Keane, Counsel for the Defense: Yes.
Andre Latour, Paradine's Valet: Then how can you know her? If you did, I should not need to tell you that only Almighty God or the black Devil himself knows what's going on in that head of hers.
Anthony Keane, Counsel for the Defense: I won't hear anything more against her.
Andre Latour, Paradine's Valet: I know what I'm talking about; what I say is true. I know her. And I will tell you one thing more, I will tell you about Mrs. Paradine - she's bad, bad to the bone! If ever there was an evil woman, she is one.
Anthony Keane, Counsel for the Defense: Would you mind getting out of here? I don't want any dirty, lying sneaks in my room. Get out!
Andre Latour, Paradine's Valet: Very good, sir, as you wish.
Andre Latour, Paradine's Valet: [leaving] If you would allow me, sir, I'm very sorry for you - and God help you.

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Facts about

In 1980, a flood destroyed the original, uncut version, making the restoration of the cut scenes unlikely.
Ben Hecht and James Bridie wrote the original screenplay, based on the adaptation by Alma Reville. But David O. Selznick wasn't pleased. So David O. Selznick rewrote the script.
Alfred Hitchcock's last film under contract with David O. Selznick.
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