Spending the last 15 minutes of your movie in a courtroom is almost never a good idea. But if you must do it, having a young Vincent Price hamming it up as your district attorney is a good way to keep things interesting.
This is the first Maurice Tourneur film I have ever seen. I did see several from his son Jacques.
Carnival of Sinners, also known as The Hand of the Devil, is a creepy, kinda noirish tale of a painter who makes a bargain for riches and success before thinking of the consequences. It's a fun, lean old school horror film that has some serious nods to German Expressionism and it has a nice, wry sense of humor. I was also…