Britain, 1953. Upon his return to work following a heart attack, barrister takes on a murder case,. The case is defending American war vet Leonard Vole, a poor, out of work, struggling inventor who’s accused of murdering his middle-aged lonely and wealthy acquaintance, Emily French. The evidence is circumstantial but points to Leonard as the murderer, butr the csse has constant revelations.
What a movie!
Charles Laughton however, provides us with a glib chuckle as the aging defense attorney ruled by his overlord maid. A distraction that only adds to an excellent plot line.
I can’t imagine another film of the genre and the era, that so wickedly entangles the essential thriller with a ‘crime of passion’ (oops, spot the plot killer…) gem. A classic.
A film for true movie lovers. Take it from me!