London barrister Anthony Keane (Gregory Peck) takes on the case of a mysterious woman (Alida Valli) who stands accused of having poisoned her older, blind husband. The last collaboration between Alfred Hitchcock and David O. Selznick is one of the director’s lesser films, which suffered from a troubled production. One often gets the feeling that the filmmakers are onto something intriguing, but this drama just never builds enough tension. Peck’s character is far from convincing and the emotional payoff in the ending doesn’t satisfy.
1948-U.S. 116 min. B/W. Produced and written by David O. Selznick. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Novel: Robert Hichens. Cast: Gregory Peck (Anthony Keane), Alida Valli (Maddalena Paradine), Ann Todd (Gay Keane), Charles Laughton, Charles Coburn, Ethel Barrymore… Louis Jourdan, Leo G. Carroll.
Trivia: Originally released at 132 min. Greta Garbo, Ingrid Bergman, Laurence Olivier and Ronald Colman were allegedly considered for parts. Remade as a 60-minute drama for TV in 1962.