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The Accused (1949)

A beautiful psychology professor tries to hide a self-defense killing.

Director:

William Dieterle

Writers:

Ketti Frings (screenplay), June Truesdell (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Loretta Young ... Dr. Wilma Tuttle
Robert Cummings ... Warren Ford
Wendell Corey ... Lt. Ted Dorgan
Sam Jaffe ... Dr. Romley
Douglas Dick ... Bill Perry
Suzanne Dalbert ... Susan Duval
Sara Allgood ... Mrs. Conner
Mickey Knox ... Jack Hunter
George Spaulding George Spaulding ... Dean Rhodes
Francis Pierlot Francis Pierlot ... Dr. Vinson
Ann Doran ... Miss Rice - Nurse
Carole Mathews ... Waitress
Billy Mauch ... Harry Brice (as Bill Mauch)
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Storyline

Wilma Tuttle, psychology professor, lets aggressively brash student Bill Perry drive her home. Big mistake. After an attempted rape, Perry is dead; panicked, Wilma hides her traces and flees. As time passes, she watches the investigations of Homicide Lt. Dorgan with painfully concealed apprehension. Complicating matters: her budding romance with Warren Ford, Perry's guardian. How long can she stand the strain? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1949 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Acusada See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 28, 1949 with Loretta Young and Robert Cummings reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

Warren Ford invites Dr. Tuttle for breakfast, even though it is twelve noon, when lunch would be more appropriate. See more »

Quotes

[Wilma is dressed for a date.]
Warren Ford: It's remarkable! Your brains don't show a bit.
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Soundtracks

Latin Rhythm
(uncredited)
Music by Victor Young
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The College Murder Case
21 November 2002 | by telegonusSee all my reviews

In The Accused, Loretta Young plays a psychology professor who kills an amorous male student in self-defense, then spends the rest of the movie covering up her crime. William Dieterle does an excellent job with the familiar material, and Miss Young gives a sympathetic performance. This is one of several crime pictures that Hal Walls produced in the late forties and early fifties, many of which fall into the noir category. Most of these films concern people with conflicted or tortured sexual urges, dysfunctional families, inadequate or just barely adequate men, with the women often hysterical or scheming. At the time this must have seemed daringly modern and contemporary. Now it just seems quaint, a waystation in the breakdown of small-town American values, with the action taking place in a netherworld between Andy Hardy and Tennessee Williams.

The movie is surprisingly sympathetic toward Miss Young, who, though on the cusp of middle age, still looks pretty damn beautiful. Robert Cummings is stronger than usual as her "suitor", while Wendell Corey is his inscrutably poker-faced self, as always, hinting between the lines, that had his character been better written he'd be more than up to the task. If this was so, I believe him. In a smaller role, Sam Jaffe is positively mephistopholean, delivering his lines as tartly as Corey, and in his lab scenes photographed to resemble a Dwight Frye hunchback from the thirties. A nice touch. The Accused is filled with nice touches, as Dieterle and most of his cast are much better than the script, breathing real life into it at times, which makes watching the movie a pleasure. There are no real surprises here, but lots of good scenes.


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