The Verdict (1946 film)
|Directed by||Don Siegel|
|Produced by||William Jacobs|
|Screenplay by||Peter Milne|
|Based on||the novel The Big Bow Mystery
by Israel Zangwill
|Music by||Frederick Hollander|
|Editing by||Thomas Reilly|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Running time||86 minutes|
The Verdict is a 1946 film noir mystery drama directed by Don Siegel and written by Peter Milne, based on Israel Zangwill's novel The Big Bow Mystery (1892). It stars Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre in one of their nine film pairings, as well as Joan Lorring and George Coulouris. Ian Wolfe has a bit part as the jury foreman.
The Verdict was Siegel's first full-length feature film.
George Edward Grodman (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 (Lorre), and when a mysterious murder occurs, they realize their chance to ruin Buckley may have arrived.
- Sydney Greenstreet as Superintendent George Edward Grodman
- Peter Lorre as Victor Emmric
- Joan Lorring as Lottie Rawson
- George Coulouris as Superintendent John R. Buckley
- Roselind Ivan as Mrs. Vicky Benson
- Paul Cavanagh as Clive Russell
- Arthur Shields as Reverend Holbrook
- Russell Lowry as Arthur Kendall
- Holmes Herbert as Sir William Dawson
- Art Warren as PC Warren
- Clyde Cook as Barney Cole
Film critic Dennis Schwartz gave the film a positive review, mostly due to the actors involved, writing, "The directorial debut of Don Siegel (Riot in Cell Block 11/Invasion of the Body Snatchers/Dirty Harry) 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."
- The Verdict at the Internet Movie Database
- The Verdict at allmovie
- The Verdict at the TCM Movie Database
- The Verdict informational site and DVD review at DVD Beaver (includes images)
- The Verdict film clip at YouTube (Joan Lorring sings)