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Pared down but well-executed version of the Dostoyevski novel. Lorre is superb as Raskolnikov, who robs and murders an elderly pawnbroker. Believing he has committed the perfect murder, he accepts the invitation of police inspector Porfiry (Arnold) to observe the investigation. Gradually Raskolnikov's conscience begins to overwhelm him as Porfiry slowly works to wring a confession from the killer. Von Sternberg's subdued directorial approach worked well to explore the psychological aspects of guilt, although the melodramatic French film version (released at the same time) scored better with the critics.

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Available on Running time 88 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Books to Film: Fyodor Dostoyevski, Sanity Check
S.K. Lauren, Joseph Anthony
Peter Lorre, Edward Arnold, Marian Marsh, Tala Birell, Elisabeth Risdon, Robert "Tex" Allen, Douglass Dumbrille, Gene Lockhart
Josef von Sternberg

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