Wednesday, September 29, 2010
The Paradine Case
A murder mystery culminating in a courtroom drama with more than the usual twists and turns. Everything ih flavored with a syrupy love quadrangle built around the deceased blind and wealthy soldier-aristocrat, his fatally beautiful wife who is charged with the crime, the dead man's valet who is more than a valet, and brilliant defense counsel Gregory Peck who is drawn to the accused woman. Charles Laughton as the Dickensian Judge spices up the fare with his engaging British-isms as does the prosecutor played by Charles Coburn.
More of drama than cinema, the movie holds you for it's span of time and you leave of with a feeling of two hours agreeably wasted.