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Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre were terrific in the films they made together, this being the best of the ones I've seen so far. Best known for their appearance together in supporting roles in The Maltese Falcon, they also did a series of films together during and immediately after World War II in which they starred, since many of the Warner Brothers A list stars were serving in the military.
The year is 1890. Greenstreet plays the superintendent of police of Scotland Yard, George Edward Grodman, who has just been to the execution of a man he arrested for the crime of murdering an elderly woman. He arrives back at his office to discover that the man is in fact innocent, as the clergyman that the man claimed as an alibi has finally surfaced. Disgraced, he is forced to resign in favor of his subordinate, John Buckley (George Coulouris).
Grodman is a man of means, so the loss of a paycheck doesn't seem to be a problem, but his nightmares about sending an innocent man to the gallows are. He seems to be recovering, and even making plans for writing a book about his past cases, when a neighbor from across the street is murdered. The crime seems to be a perfect one - the murderer apparently killed the man from inside his own locked room and escaped without detection or leaving any clues behind. However, the brash and boorish new superintendent Buckley will not accept that, and continues seeking a suspect, although in the manner of a bull in a china shoppe.Read more ›
Greenstreet was an expansive man, in girth and in acting prowess. Shame it is that he waited until he was 61 before making his cinematic debut. As it were, he was featured in quite a few memorable roles, none more incandescent than his casting of the eloquent "Kasper Gutman" in THE MALTESE FALCON. Still, his performance in 1946's THE VERDICT as Scotland Yard's cocksure Superintendent Grodman can't be dismissed.
Except that the film opens with the puncturing of Superintendent Grodman's ego and credibility, as evidence surfaces which exonerates a man he'd just swung on the gallows. Grodman retires in abject shame, forfeiting his position to a loathed rival, the insufferable Inspector John R. Buckley who doesn't shy from crowing about his superior detecting skills. He lectures Grodman: "There's always a clue..."
The narrative picks up some time later as the ex-Superintendent Grodman and his good friend, the macabre artist Victor Emmric (Lorre), get embroiled in a locked room murder mystery. Superintendent Buckley lands the investigation but when called upon to deliver on his sleuthing chops, he doesn't quite. There are a number of sketchy suspects to choose from, not the least of which is that same Victor Emmric, a practically decadent character who persists in lobbing amusing asides and lurking in shadows.Read more ›
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WB is at it again. Box says 1:33. Original release was 1:33. Disc has been 'hard matted' to 1.85. Not the first time they have done this.Published 1 month ago by Dave Roberts
Great film, but not sub-titled. I cannot tell you how awful it is when you are hearing impaired and they do this. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rocky
PLOT: locked door mystery has even the police baffled.
"EX-superintendent Gradman" (SYDNEY GREENSTREET) was ousted from his job when the WRONG man was hanged. Read more
Murder in Victorian London; Scotland yard investigates in the dark night amidst the foggy streets. Greenstreet and Lorre are in their absolute top form. Read morePublished 9 months ago by jsk
Another wonderful Greenstreet/Lorre collaboration that has a great ending. Decent picture and sound but once again a WB DVDR only, at a DVD price.Published 10 months ago by M. Kenny
I'm not sure what one would rate in a DVD or CD. The packaging is as convenient as any other. The reason for the five stars is simply for the movie itself; I just had to do it, as... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kevin M. OBrien
Enjoyed this one quite a bit even though I figured it out fairly early on. But I love the Greenstreet/Lorre combo and will definitely watch this again.Published 13 months ago by Leslie
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