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The Verdict(1946)

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  • the verdict

    • kevin sellers
    • 5/31/17

    Don Siegel's first film is unlike any of his others, a foray into early British Hitchcock territory, and it's a tribute to this great director's versatility that it's every bit as good as, say, "Young And Innocent" or "Secret Agent", (although not on the level of a "39 Steps"). A wonderful evocation of a Victorian London night time world of moral and physical fog, populated by a vengeful sociopath (Sydney Greenstreet at his finest), an oleaginous, morbid artist (Peter Lorre in his element), a dance hall floozy (a fine Joan Loring), an hysterical landlady who sleeps with cats (an equally fine Rosalind Ivan) and a bumbling, arrogant police inspector (George Colouris wonderfully playing what could be Walter Thatcher's younger, dumber brother). I agree with the previous reviewer that there is a Sherlock Holmes influence but I would have to disagree about Greenstreet's character being analogous to the great detective. Holmes was cynical and at times cold but he was never evil as ex Superintendent Grodman is here. Indeed, what makes this film so interesting...its absence of a hero...is also in my opinion its biggest flaw, as there is no one you really give a damn about (as opposed to simply finding interesting) and thus wish to see saved from death. Give it a B plus.

  • Inspired by Holmes?

    • TK
    • 5/30/17

    I can't help but think that Peter Milne (screenwriter) was a Sherlock Holmes fan. Notwithstanding some contextual variations, I think the relationship between several of the characters in this film are very much like those in Arthur Conan Doyle's Holmes stories. I think Grodman is very much like Holmes, Victor is like Watson, Mrs. Benson is like Mrs. Hudson, and Buckley is like the bumbling overconfident Inspector Lestrade. Even the ending reminds me of one of the more famous Holmes stories with an equally astounding conclusion. Whether an ardent Holmes fan or not, whether or not one agrees with these analogies, it's just added spice to a movie that is great in it's own right. Plot, cast, performances, direction, all elements combine for wonderful entertainment.

  • Greenstreet!

    • RedRain
    • 5/23/17

    If Sydney Greenstreet is in a film, you can be sure it is worth watching! The man just commands the screen in any scene he is in and he does so superbly. This film is a great example of this and you somehow know he is the guilty party even though you know nothing until the end of the film. This is a great example of British film making with crime dramas and all the actors are very good. Do watch this film!

  • My Verdict is 5 Stars

    • PCT in Alliance
    • 6/2/14

    We rented this through the library, not knowing what to expect. It's a thoroughly enjoyable whodunit! Greenstreet and Lorre are great co-stars - because of this film we're trying to track down all the other films they've made together. It's extremely atmospheric; dark humor, good action and a totally surprising ending. It's Don Seigel's directorial debut - everything else he'd done after this (yes, even Dirty Harry) is amateurish compared to this film. We love noir, we love B&W, we love Sydney & Peter, we love TCM. To everybody reading this: Give this gem a try. You won't regret it!!

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