Francis is amazing here. We see her (as we did in The House on 56th Street) in many phases of her life. That she makes errors is clear; that she was wronged is also clear. But, cut to her at the beginning of her trial, the utter blankness of her expression, followed by the panic when she realizes that her attorney is going to tell her story without her permission. This is great acting.
It's also fun to again see Basil Rathbone, who really did spend half his career playing villains, as the bad guy once again. He oozes insincerity. WE know what he is after. Unfortunately, Lisa (Jane Bryan, who does an excellent job playing a naive young woman) has not got a clue that men like him exist.
It's interesting that this film was actually a shot-by-shot remake of a German film (with an American cast, of course). Regardless of the fact that this film is borrowing heavily, the performances make it a new film. We'll close with the scene where he makes his play for his latest innocent victim: