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Forced to retire because his techniques are deemed "old-fashioned," a Scotland Yard detective and his artist friend conspire to dupe a young arrogant detective by committing the perfect murder. Starring "Casablanca" co-stars Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre and Oscar- nominee George Coulouris ("Watch on the Rhine"). From the director of "Dirty Harry."

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  • Actors: Sydney Greenstreet, George Coulouris Peter Lorre
  • Directors: Don Siegel
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • DVD Release Date: May 8, 2009
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0026ZQJT8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,204 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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In my top 100 favorite films collection.
David B. Wallace
Greenstreet plays a Scotland Yard inspector who retired but continues to track down the murderer of a case that he cannot let go of.
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Good pairing between Sidney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre.
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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 13, 2009
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This is a Warner Archive product. It is a DVD-R with no extras other than a trailer and no chapter stops. You may only go forward and backwards in ten minute increments.

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.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 28, 2011
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This is THE VERDICT that doesn't star Paul Newman and James Mason. This is THE VERDICT that sets its tale in a foggy and gaslit Victorian London, in the year 1890. The atmosphere is appropriately noirish and even gothic, a stylish backdrop to complement the theatrical antics of Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre, as odd a couple as you'll ever set eyes on.

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.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By David B. Wallace on October 9, 2009
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In my top 100 favorite films collection. Amazing Haller cinematography - Greenstreet as a Scotland Yard detective - Peter Lorre and a good mystery- should be released remastered on dvd with extras such as commentaries- a rare gem- not personally familiar with the dvd-r quality but the film itself is great!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Evad on November 27, 2011
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Solid Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorrie performances. You will be kept guessing untill the end of the story. The London fog, Old Scotland Yard and the how was it done murder held a secret revenge motive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Candy Cook on July 21, 2013
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I'm biased, I've always loved seeing Peter Lorre in all his glory. The Verdict is a gem of a black and white old style Hollywood movie, you won't be disappointed if you're real film buff.
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A fine Gothic mystery that features the famed Shakespearian actor Sydney Greenstreet teamed with his friend Peter Lorre to solve a locked room murder mystery. Greenstreet, who only made 23 movies and 9 of them with Lorre, plays a Scotland yard police chief who loses his job in disgrace at the opening of the film for convicting and hanging a innocent man in the 1890's. He's replacement was quick to get him removed and take his place. Greenstreet is biding his time when a mysterious murder happens across the street from him and in the apartment building of his friend Peter Lorre. The two then work to solve the crime, at least as hard as the hard partying artist Lorre is available to. Well done little mystery and well acted. Well worth a watch for fans of old time mysteries and fans of older films. Greenstreet made his film debut in The Maltese Falcon and he turned in such a fine performance that many thought the stage actor had been acting in films for years. He thought making films was harder than stage work because the lens was so unforgiving.
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