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The Verdict (1946) Movie Review Summary

Actors: Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Joan Lorring

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Based on the novel by Israel Zangwill, The Verdict stars Sydney Greenstreet as respected Superintendant of Scotland Yard George Edward Grodman. Having put a man to death for a case he worked on, Grodman finds out that the one small aspect of evidence that he felt was a lie and not provable has come to pass. A clergyman can vouch for the man's innocence and this causes Grodman to be asked for his immediate resignation, making John R. Buckley the new Superintendant in charge of the case. Filled with great remorse, Grodman has some drinks with artist Victor Emmric (Peter Lorre) and the lawyer who worked the case of the wrongfully hanged man Arthur Kendall (Morton Lowry). Arthur leaves and gets into an argument with his chief politcal rival Clive Russell (Paul Cavanagh) and a girlfriend Lottie Rawson (Joan Lorring). Mrs. Benson (Rosaling Ivan), the woman in the downstairs apartment worries that something is wrong and gets Grodman to come and have a look. They find Kendall dead. It's here that Buckley starts to investigate and he becomes suspicious of almost everyone. The case is so puzzling that Grodman tags along to help Buckley and the case takes many twists and turns until Buckley comes to the conlusion that Clive Russel is the murderer. But is he? While Russel is on death row, Grodman travels the world looking for the one person who could prove he is an innocent man wrongly put to the gallows before showing all parties that all their assumptions were wrong.
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The review of this Movie prepared by Bobby Blades



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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30% How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/Era of Movie:    -   16th-19th century Murder Mystery?    -   Yes What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Misc. Plotlets    -   local police have IQ of houseplant Special suspect?    -   investigator him/herself Kind of mystery?    -   police procedural

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Italy    -   France City?    -   Yes City:    -   London

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   non-gory references to death/punishment Kind of violence:    -   knives Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--swords/knives Is this movie based on a    -   book

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