The Woman Accused

  • 1933
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Thriller

Not very good but rather interesting crime drama has Carroll about to marry Grant during a three-day pleasure cruise on which they are to embark. While Carroll packs, Calhern, her former lover who lives upstairs, calls and asks her to come up. She takes the fire escape and Calhern begs her not to marry Grant but to return to him. She refuses, and Calhern...read more

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Not very good but rather interesting crime drama has Carroll about to marry Grant during a three-day pleasure cruise on which they are to embark. While Carroll packs, Calhern, her former lover who lives upstairs, calls and asks her to come up. She takes the fire escape and Calhern begs

her not to marry Grant but to return to him. She refuses, and Calhern threatens to have his killer friend, LaRue, murder his rival. He calls up LaRue, but before he can order the murder, Carroll comes up behind him and bashes in his head with a small statue, killing him. Hysterical, she goes back

down the fire escape, her dress covered in blood, and her housekeeper, Mitchell, cleans her up and helps hide any evidence connecting Carroll to the crime. The murderer goes on her cruise and marries Grant. Also on the ship is Halliday, a friend of Calhern who suspects Carroll. He tries to trap

her into confessing a number of times during the cruise but constantly fails. Finally, on the last night out, there is a costume party, and the guests settle down to play a game where they stage a mock murder trial. Carroll ends up the defendant and Halliday the prosecutor. While the other guests

enjoy what they see as lighthearted play-acting, Carroll and Halliday are dueling with their wits. Finally Halliday opens a suitcase and pulls out the blood-spattered dress. Carroll breaks down and confesses, and all the guests applaud her magnificent acting. While Halliday makes preparations to

have Carroll arrested when the ship docks, Carroll confesses to Grant that she did, indeed, kill Calhern. When the ship docks Halliday produces more damaging testimony in the person of LaRue, who tells police that Carroll's was the voice he heard in the room the night of Calhern's murder. Grant,

though, is not prepared to let his love go to jail; he goes to LaRue and beats him with a belt until the gunman agrees to recant his testimony. LaRue's evidence gone, the district attorney has no choice but to release Carroll. About as silly as it sounds, with the odd twist of the guilty person

actually getting away with it because the victim deserved killing. The story originated as a series in Liberty Magazine, written in ten chapters, each by a different famous author (although few of the names are familiar today), without any consultation among them. The series was a great success

but the film less so. Some of the performances are pretty good, but the whole thing falls flat because it is simply not believable.

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