The Paradine Case
1947 American courtroom drama film, set in England directed by Alfred Hitchcock
- Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Alma Reville, James Bridie, David O. Selznick, and Ben Hecht, based on the novel by Robert Smythe Hichens.
- She had patience. She could wait. This was, indeed, no ordinary woman.
Mrs. Maddalena Anna ParadineEdit
- You are not to destroy him - if you do, I shall hate you as I've never hated a man.
- I have nothing more to say to you, Mr. Keane. I loved Andre Latour... and you murdered him. My life is finished; it is you yourself who have finished it. My only comfort is the hatred and contempt I feel for you!
- Well, nice people don't go murdering other nice people.
- Andre Latour: I know why you wanted to see me - she sent you.
- Anthony Keane: She? Mrs. Paradine doesn't even know that I'm here. She had nothing to do with it.
- Andre Latour: It seems I'm wrong then.
- Anthony Keane: Why would she send me?
- Andre Latour: She might have her reasons.
- Anthony Keane: I don't know what they might be.
- Andre Latour: But perhaps you don't know her as I do.
- Anthony Keane: Mrs. Paradine is my client. I know her as her lawyer, that's sufficient for me.
- Andre Latour: You may not think it, but you're on the wrong side, sir, and I tell you so.
- Anthony Keane: What do you mean exactly by that? You'd better make yourself clear.
- Andre Latour: Excuse me, sir. You have only known Mrs. Paradine since she is in prison. Is it not so?
- Anthony Keane: Yes.
- Andre Latour: Then how can you know her? If you did, I should not need to tell you that only Almighty God or the black Devil himself knows what's going on in that head of hers.
- Anthony Keane: I won't hear anything more against her.
- Andre Latour: I know what I'm talking about; what I say is true. I know her. And I will tell you one thing more, I will tell you about Mrs. Paradine - she's bad, bad to the bone! If ever there was an evil woman, she is one.
- Anthony Keane: Would you mind getting out of here? I don't want any dirty, lying sneaks in my room. Get out!
- Andre Latour: Very good, sir, as you wish. [leaving] If you would allow me, sir, I'm very sorry for you - and God help you.
- Gay Keane: Have you ever realized what a lot you can learn from photographs?
- Sir Simon Flaquer: The social footsteps of time.
- Anthony Keane: Does the name of Margaret Wells convey anything to you?
- Andre Latour: [hesitating] Yes, sir.
- Anthony Keane: What does that name convey to you?
- [Latour doesn't respond]
- Anthony Keane: Well, I must try to help your memory. I put it to you that some years ago you were engaged to Margaret Wells of Three Rivers, Quebec; that on your wedding day she left you at the church door and went off with a saddler named Richard Truton.
- Andre Latour: That is finished! That is in the past!
- Judge Lord Thomas Horfield: Your question may be relevant, Mr Keane; its relevance escapes me.
- Anthony Keane: M'lord, I submit that the witness has shown, in his evidence and also in his behavior, an almost pathological bias against, not only my client, but against all women.
- Judge Lord Thomas Horfield: I may be stupid, but I fail to understand what this jilting has to do with the case; after seeing the witness and observing his appearance and bearing, I should be inclined to regard the young lady's conduct as pathological, not his.
- Anthony Keane: Is anyone living at the hall now?
- Driver: Only the caretaker, Mrs. Clarr - maybe Andre's back from London now. They say he knows more about the poor Colonel's death than he would tell. He's a queer one, all right.
- Anthony Keane: In what way?
- Driver: Oh, I don't know. He keeps himself to himself - perhaps that's because he's foreign. They never do seem quite the same, do they, sir?
- Gay Keane: Tony's torn him to pieces - it was horrible.
- Judy Flaquer: But darling, you've got to remember, its Tony's job.
- Gregory Peck - Anthony "Tony" Keane
- Ann Todd - Gay Keane
- Alida Valli - Mrs. Maddalena Anna Paradine
- Charles Laughton - Judge Lord Thomas Horfield
- Charles Coburn - Sir Simon Flaquer
- Joan Tetzel - Judy Flaquer
- Ethel Barrymore - Lady Sophie Horfield
- Louis Jourdan - Andre Latour
- Leo G. Carroll - Sir Joseph
- Isobel Elsom - Innkeeper