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(aka "The Diary of a Bride")


Directed by John H. Auer
USA 19
48

 

In this courtroom drama, a French girl stands trial for murder. Flashbacks tell the grim story of how, during the Great War she got involved with a wealthy soldier and married him. He disappeared after the war. She then came to the U.S. There she finds him married to another woman. To cover himself, he tries to get her deported. In the ensuing argument, she accidently kills him. She is found guilty, but when they learn that she is expecting, the widow helps her.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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In this courtroom drama, a woman (Vera Ralston, The Man Who Died Twice) stands trial for murder. While stationed in France during World War II, a married American fighter pilot (John Carroll, Flying Tigers) commits bigamy and marries a local French girl (Ralston). After the end of the war, he disappears, returning back to the U.S. The war bride follows him to the U.S., finding him married to a successful lawyer (Ruth Hussey, The Uninvited). The bigamist tries to get her deported and in the ensuing argument, she accidently kills him. And to everyone’s surprise, the man’s widow decides to take on her case and defend her. Wonderfully directed by Republic Pictures veteran John H. Auer (City That Never Sleeps).

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Theatrical Release: May 25th, 1948

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Review: Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:24:54.214    
Video

1.37:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 19,901,852,594 bytes

Feature: 18,207,424,512 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.54 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1556 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1556 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit) 

Subtitles None
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Kino

 

1.37:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 19,901,852,594 bytes

Feature: 18,207,424,512 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.54 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

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Blu-ray Release Date: June 19th, 2018
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Chapters 8

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Kino have brought us this excellent crime/war/courtroom/thriller to 1080P cited as a "Brand New HD Master from a 4K Scan of the Original 35mm Negative and Finegrain by Paramount Pictures Archives". It looks quite pleasing with occasional depth, texture and layered contrast. There is some softness but it appears to be inherent in the production. I saw no damage and very few speckles.

Kino use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track (16-bit). Aside from a gunshot and its flashbacks including a plane crash, this is mostly a courtroom drama without much aggression but a wonderful score by Heinz Roemheld (Ruby Gentry, Dangerous, The Monster that Challenged The World, The Land Unknown, The Mole People, 1933's The Invisible Man) that sounds reasonably crisp in the lossless. Kino do not add subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

There are only a handful of related trailers but none for I, Jane Doe.

Not a pure Noir but a darn good film with elements of the dark cine including extensive flashbacks, and courtroom scenes. A commentary would have been justified as the film is impressive but the low price reflects the, essentially, bare-bones status. Recommended!

Gary Tooze

 


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