DirectorWilliam Dieterle Music directorVictor Young Duration LanguageEnglish
Release dateJanuary 14, 1949 (1949-01-14) (United States) Based onthe novel Be Still, My Love
by June Truesdell WriterKetti Frings (screenplay), June Truesdell (novel) CastLoretta 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 moviesHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Toy Story 3, Neighbors, Detour, The Big Sleep, The House Bunny
TaglineEverything 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.
The accused 1949 theme for piano composed by victor young
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.
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)
The New York Times gave the film a positive review: "Murder is a common and salable screen commodity...The Accused, ...is 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."
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."