Sog.: dal romanzo omonimo di Robert Hichens. Scen.: Alma Reville. F.: Theodor Sparkuhl, James Rogers. Int.: Olga Tschechowa (Vivian Denys), Warwick Ward (Clive), Betty Carter (Mrs Sabine), Malcolm Tod (Jim Gordon), Henry Victor (Mr Sabine), Lena Halliday. Prod.: Tschechowa-Film production 35mm. L.: 1910 m. D.: 70’. Bn.
Shot in the summer of 1928 at Elstree and on location in a British stately home, After the Verdict was a vehicle for Olga Tschechowa who had recently starred in E.A. Dupont’s Moulin Rouge, also filmed in England with a part British and part German team. A classic ‘wrong man’ story – a favourite of the Hitchcock’s – the film stars Warwick Ward as Clive, a young man recently returned from India to rekindle a relationship with Vivian a champion tennis player (Tschechowa). He is pursued by a woman who nursed him, after an accident in India and who has become obsessed by him. When she is found dead, Clive is suspected. The trade review in “The Bioscope” is lavish in its praise “Of acting, production and photography it would be difficult to speak too highly. From the opening when in a charming prologue the three principals are introduced amid beautiful English park scenery, until the fade out in Leicester Square by night, the entire film is a delight to the eye. But the prolonged suspense is the film’s chief asset”. Suspense of course, was a Hitchcock family speciality. Alma Reville worked up the story from a popular novel by Robert Hichens, a writer who was regularly plundered for film scripts and who would go on to write the source novel for Hitchcock’s The Paradine Case.