Considering Alfred Hitchcock's lifelong fascination with murder and suspense, it is remarkable that THE PARADINE CASE stands as a rare Hitchcock courtroom drama. A beautiful woman (Maddalena Anna Paradine, played by the enchanting Alida Valli) stands accused of murdering her wealthy, blind husband. She enlists the aid of renowned lawyer Anthony Keane (Gregory Peck). As they prepare her defense, the chemistry between the two begins to heat up. And as his emotions for Mrs. Paradine grow stronger, Keane grows more convinced of her innocence. The case will be a difficult one, however, as the judge (Charles Laughton) is no friend of Keane's; the queen's prosecutor, played by the excellent Leo G. Carroll, is a serious foe; and only an inspired defense will have any chance of clearing Mrs. Paradine.
A handsome, young lawyer falls in love with his beautiful client--a woman accused of murdering her blind husband. Although he's convinced of her innocence, love may be clouding the barrister's judgment. The unsavory truth of the case is revealed during the course of a highly dramatic trial.
Hitchock cameo: Hitchcock appears as a man with a cigar toting a cello.
This was Hitchcock's last film for David O. Selznick.
Hitchcock originally wanted Laurence Olivier to play the British lawyer instead of Gregory Peck.
Production of the PARADINE CASE ran an extraordinary $3 million in 1947 and is evidenced in the detailed re-creation of the Old Bailey courtroom, which is the site of some of the film's most carefully orchestrated sequences, created by filming with four cameras simultaneously.
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