The Verdict (1946 film)

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The Verdict
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Directed by Don Siegel
Produced by William Jacobs
Screenplay by Peter Milne
Based on The Big Bow Mystery (novel) 
by Israel Zangwill
Starring Sydney Greenstreet
Peter Lorre
Music by Frederick Hollander
Cinematography Ernest Haller
Edited by Thomas Reilly
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • November 23, 1946 (1946-11-23) (US)
Running time 86 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Verdict is a 1946 film noir mystery drama directed by Don Siegel and written by Peter Milne, based on Israel Zangwill's 1892 novel The Big Bow Mystery. It stars Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre in one of their nine film pairings, as well as Joan Lorring and George Coulouris.[1]

The Verdict was Siegel's first full-length feature film.

Plot[edit]

George Edward Grodman (Sidney Greenstreet), a respected superintendent at Scotland Yard in 1890, makes a mistake in an investigation that causes the execution of an innocent man. He takes the blame for his error, is dismissed from his position as superintendent and replaced by the obnoxious and gloating John Buckley (George Coulouris).

Soured by the turn of events, Grodman sets out to make Buckley look too inept to perform his new job. He enlists the aid of his macabre artist friend, Victor Emmric (Peter Lorre), and when a mysterious murder occurs, they realize their chance to ruin Buckley may have arrived.

Cast[edit]

Cast notes:

  • Ian Wolfe has a bit part as the jury foreman

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Film critic Dennis Schwartz gave the film a positive review, mostly due to the actors involved, writing, "The directorial debut of Don Siegel ... was the ninth and final film teaming of Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre. The routine crime drama, a studio-bound film set in a foggy Victorian England with Hollywood sets, is about a police officer who takes the law into his own hands to achieve justice ... Though unconvincing and a bit much as 'the perfect crime' yarn, the pairing of Lorre and Greenstreet is always entertaining and a welcome addition to any film despite the staleness of their comic relief act."[2]

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ The Verdict at the Internet Movie Database.
  2. ^ Schwartz, Dennis. Ozus' World Movie Reviews, film review, January 25, 2011. Accessed: July 11, 2013.

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