The Paradine Case is the last of the films Alfred Hitchcock directed under producer David O. Selznick, who co-wrote the script. A happily married English barrister (Gregory Peck) falls in love with a beautiful client (Alida Valli) accused of murdering her husband. Peck learns of Valli’s affair with her stableman (Louis Jourdan) and calls him to the stand. The result is a stunning reversal and death. An unhappy collaboration between Hitch and Selznick resulting in a second-rank Hitchcock. In pure Selznick style, nearly a third of the film’s budget went to re-creating the original courtroom on the set. Valli and Jourdan’s American film debuts.
The Paradine Case has the first appearance in an Alfred Hitchcock production by character actor John Williams, who would later star in Dial M for Murder (1954), To Catch a Thief (1955) and many of Hitchcock’s TV shows.
Academy Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actress: Ethel Barrymore.
Cast: Gregory Peck, Alida Valli, Leo G. Carroll, Louis Jourdan, Charles Laughton,
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Producer: David O. Selznick
Director of Photography: Lee Garmes
Editors: John Faure, Hal C. Kern
Composer: Franz Waxman
Screenwriters: James Bridie, Robert Hichens, Alma Reville, David O. Selznick
Production Designer: J. McMillan Johnson
USA / Twentieth Century Fox / 125 minutes / 1947