Accused (1936)

Genres - Crime, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Thriller  |   Release Date - Apr 1, 1936 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 83 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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Accused is a British melodrama starring American actor (and confirmed Anglophile) Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Somewhat incongruously cast as an Apache dancer, Fairbanks and his dance partner/wife Dolores Del Rio headline a Paris musical. Fairbanks becomes the unwilling target for the attentions of performer Florence Desmond (the famed British impressionist, here playing a hateful adventuress). Desmond is later murdered with the dagger used by Fairbanks and his wife in their act, and Dolores is accused of the crime. A florid court trial unmasks the real killer. Zoe Akins, a prominent playwright of the 1920s whose once-celebrated works seem somewhat childish today, was one of the scenarists of Accused.

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accusation, death, false-accusation, half-breed, killing, love, love-triangle, marriage, murder, Native-American, rejection, sheriff, spurned, violence, dance [art], stars [celebrities], wife