Paradine Case, The (1947)

The Paradine Case (1947), directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

A barrister becomes infatuated with a woman accused of killing her husband, which fascination will damage both his judgment and his own marriage. At trial he hopes to save her and hang her lover, presumably leaving the way open for himself. He is ensnared by his own trap.

It is not a complicated plot and is slowly paced with over-long courtroom scenes. Producer David O. Selznick interfered with the production and editing. He and Hitchcock were called "the irresistible force and the immovable object".


Available on Blu-ray from Kino. The grain varies between reels but is often large and prominent.

On the commentary track two film scholars recognize the problems with the film, but still think it is underappreciated. It would have been better if Selznick had not interfered, or even if the missing 16 minutes cut from test screenings were restored.