Stock mystery tale with period background, The Verdict aims at generating suspense and thrills, succeeding modestly. Sydney Greenstreet creates character of a Scotland Yard superintendent who is fired when he convicts and hangs a man on circumstantial evidence. To show up the Yard and the man who replaced him, Greenstreet commits the perfect crime. Only the conviction of an innocent man for the murder makes Greenstreet reveal how the killing was done and the reason for it.

Stock mystery tale with period background, The Verdict aims at generating suspense and thrills, succeeding modestly. Sydney Greenstreet creates character of a Scotland Yard superintendent who is fired when he convicts and hangs a man on circumstantial evidence. To show up the Yard and the man who replaced him, Greenstreet commits the perfect crime. Only the conviction of an innocent man for the murder makes Greenstreet reveal how the killing was done and the reason for it.

Script by Peter Milne, from a novel by Israel Zangwill, is peopled with the usual number of suspects in order to divert suspicion from the real killer and Don Siegel’s direction does well with his material. Peter Lorre, macabre artist friend of Greenstreet’s is the prime suspect and turns in a good job to match latter’s performance.

The Verdict

Production

Warner. Director Don Siegel; Producer William Jacobs; Screenplay Peter Milne; Camera Ernest Haller; Editor Thomas Reilly; Music Frederick Hollander; Art Director Ted Smith

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1946. Running time: 86 MIN.

With

Sydney Greenstreet Peter Lorre Joan Lorring George Coulouris Arthur Shields Rosalind Ivan
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