Watched Jun 18, 2012
I really liked this obscure yet compelling Alfred Hitchcock film. I'm a sucker for courtroom dramas, yet more than that...you have Gregory Peck playing an immensely flawed character, whose judgement is severely tainted by the likes of the impossible beautiful Alida Valli. This woman turns all great and honorable men into blithering idiots (check out what she does to Joseph Cotten in THE THIRD MAN, if you don't believe me). Hitchcock was not happy with Louis Jordan in the picture, yet I thought he was great, and very interesting to watch (especially given the character he portrayed). Also loved Charles Laughton as a stern, morally reprehensible, yet somehow respectable judge. In addition, despite the fact that Hitchcock did the film to finish off his contract with David O. Selznick, his work is fantastic...fascinating composition and clever camera work truly enhance the drama of the story. Plus Lee Garmes' rich black and white cinematography is truly a sight to behold. I am very glad I got to see this. I had never even heard of THE PARADINE CASE until last year, when I read a lengthy book about Alfred Hitchcock.