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Posted by on Jul 31, 2009 in Kick-Back Friday

Kick-Back Friday: #77

Kick-Back Friday: #77


A new (re)release on DVD: Alfred Hitchcock’s The Paradine Case (1947).

A happily married and notable defense attorney (Gregory Peck) becomes infatuated with his client (the enigmatic Valli from The Third Man), who is accused of murdering her blind husband. At trial, the case balances on the moral fiber of the accused and her ambiguous relationship with her husband’s valet (Louis Jourdan).

Not one of Hitchcock’s best but still a Hitchcock joint, with the expected hallmarksincluding brief visual nods to carnal appetites; the sharp, supportive single gal; and the director’s fleeting cameo. Perhaps most notable is the moving shot of the valet’s entry into the courtroom to testify, contrasted with the filming of his exit.

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A native East Tennessean, Barbara Martin is a formerly practicing, board-certified neurologist who received her BS (psychology, summa cum laude) and MD from Duke University before completing her postgraduate training (internship, residency, fellowship) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She has worked in academia, private practice, medical publishing, drug market research, and continuing medical education (CME). For the last 3 years, she has worked in a freelance capacity as a medical writer, analyst, and consultant. Follow Dr. Barbara Martin on and Twitter.