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The Accused (1949 film)

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Genre  Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
Screenplay  Ketti Frings
Country  United States
6.8/10 IMDb

Director  William Dieterle
Music director  Victor Young
Language  English
The Accused (1949 film) movie poster
Release date  January 14, 1949 (1949-01-14) (United States)
Based on  the novel Be Still, My Love  by June Truesdell
Writer  Ketti Frings (screenplay), June Truesdell (novel)
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)
Similar movies  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Toy Story 3, Neighbors, Detour, The Big Sleep, The House Bunny
Tagline  Everything points to... the Accused!

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The Accused is a 1949 American film noir directed by William Dieterle and written by Ketti Frings, based on Be Still, My Love, a 1947 novel written by June Truesdell. The drama features Loretta Young, Robert Cummings, Wendell Corey and Sam Jaffe.


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Wilma Tuttle (Young) is a college professor who arouses the sexual interest of her student Bill Perry (Douglas Dick). When Perry tries to rape Tuttle, she beats him to death with a tire iron. She covers up her crime by making it seem as though Perry was killed while diving into the sea from a precipitous cliff. As she follows the police investigation of Perry's death, Wilma realizes that she'll never be able to escape her conscience, especially when she falls in love with Warren Ford (Cummings), the dead boy's guardian.


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  • Loretta Young as Dr. Wilma Tuttle
  • Robert Cummings as Warren Ford
  • Wendell Corey as Lt. Ted Dorgan
  • Sam Jaffe as Dr. Romley
  • Douglas Dick as Bill Perry
  • Suzanne Dalbert as Susan Duval
  • Sara Allgood as Mrs. Conner
  • Mickey Knox as Jack Hunter
  • George Spaulding as Dean Rhodes
  • Francis Pierlot as Dr. Vinson
  • Ann Doran as Miss Rice, Nurse
  • Carole Mathews as Waitress
  • Billy Mauch as Harry Brice
  • Henry Travers as Blakely - Romley's Assistant (uncredited)
  • Critical response

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    The New York Times gave the film a positive review: "Murder is a common and salable screen commodity...The Accused, a super-duper psychological job, well spiced with terminology which sounds impressive, if not always crystal clear in meaning, and the performers go about their business with an earnestness which commands attention. Under William Dieterle's assured direction, the story flows smoothly and methodically builds up suspense to a punchy climax which leaves it to the audience to determine whether the defendant should be punished or go free."

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    Variety magazine also praised it: "The Accused exploits fear and emotional violence into a high grade melodrama...Director William Dieterle, with a solid story foundation and an ace cast upon which to build, marches the melodrama along with a touch that keeps punching continually at audience emotions...Loretta Young's portrayal of the distraught professor plays strongly for sympathy. It's an intelligent delineation, gifting the role with life. She gets under the skin in bringing out the mental processes of an intelligent woman who knows she has done wrong but believes that her trail is so covered that murder will never out."

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