16 May 2009 | sol-kay
The Verdict is Yours!
**SPOILERS** "The Verdict" was director Don Siegel's, after two minor documentary shorts, first major major motion picture that shows the talent that he had that was to become evident in movies that he later directed like "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" "Dirty Harry" and of course his unforgettable "Hound Dog Man" that made the singing sensation of the 1950's Fabin a household name.
In the movie Scotland Yard Superintendent George Gordman, Sydney Greenstreet,is deeply troubled when he sent a totally innocent man to the gallows for a crime that he didn't commit: The unjustly executed man being ex-convict John Harris for the murder of Hannah Kendell whom he worked for as a gardener. Forced to retire Gordman is obsessed in finding the person who really murdered Mr. Kendell to clear his conscience. It's then that the late Hannah Kendell's nephew Arthur, Morton Lowry ends up being murdered himself in his home under very baffling and mysterious circumstances.
With Gordman's replacement Supt. John Buckley, George Coulouris, handling the case all the leads to Arthur Kendell's murder leads to member of the British Parliament Cive Russell, Pat Cavanagh. Having no alibi of where he was at the time of Kendell's murder and being the #1 suspect by having a violent augment with the man, whom he threatened to murder, the night before the case against Russell was open and shut.
At his murder trial Russell was found guilty and sentenced to hang by the neck until dead in three weeks hence.***SPOILERS FOM THIS POINT DOWN*** It's then that the real truth comes out not only in who murdered Arthur Kendell but his Aunt Hannah as well. A truth so shocking in not only exposing Kendell's murder but even far more mind boggling in who was the person who murdered him and why!
Terrific Victorian crime drama with both Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre, as artist Victor Emmeric, clicking together as the Mutt & Jeff, or Fat Man & assistant, crime solving team. The ending of the movie is a real mind blower in that you'd never had figure it out, until it reviled itself, in a million years. Even though it completely explains what lead up to Arthur Kendell's murder down to a crossed "T" and dotted "I".
In the end the disgraced former Scotland Yard Superintendent George Grodman not only redeemed himself but made his arrogant and so full of himself replacement Supt. Buckley look like a total incompetent in his mishandling of he Arthur Kendell murder case that he was entrusted with. He also made up for sending an innocent man-John Harris-to the gallows in, given a second chance, having the person who did in fact murder Hannah Kendell brought to justice. With the justice not being administrated by a court of law but by George Edward Grodman himself!