***** out of 5
Everything about this is terrific. Dialogue just crackles all through it. Charles Laughton was rarely more charismatic and engaging than in this film, and his interaction with his real-life wife, Elsa Lanchester is a so great; they make a great on-screen duo (and not for the first time, either; they did 12 together all told. Check out Private Life of Henry VIII and Rembrandt, for a couple other standouts they costarred in) Tyrone Power also give a performance that is richly layered as the accused man. And Marlene Dietrich does some outstanding work in a difficult role. I'd spoil the plot if I told you exactly how good she is in this.