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The Accused(1949)

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June Truesdell's novel was first serialized in Today's Woman magazine in May 1947. The working titles of this film were Be Still My Love and Strange Deception. Information in the Hal Wallis Collection at the AMPAS Library reveals that actor Henry Travers was initially cast as "Dr. Romley," but withdrew from the role. In addition, Lewis Allen was originally slated to direct the film as part of Paramount's 1947 production schedule, but heithdrew when Paulette Goddard refused to appear in the film. Hollywood Reporter reported the following information about the production: Wallis initially purchased the rights to the June Truesdell novel as a vehicle for Barbara Stanwyck, but was unable to secure Stanwyck's services. Rosalind Russell was also considered for the lead role in this film. Director Byron Haskin was to replace Allen, but when Wallis postponed production due to casting difficulties, Haskin dropped out. This film was shot on location in and around Los Angeles, CA. Some specific locations include the UCLA campus, the Civic Center and the Malibu coastline. Although reviews claimed that French actress Suzanne Dalbert made her debut in this film, she had previously appeared in a bit part in Sorry, Wrong Number (see below). Loretta Young and Robert Cummings reprised their roles in a March 28, 1949 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast.