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Apology for Murder (1945)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 27 September 1945 (USA)
Reporter Kenny Blake (Hugh Beaumont) falls in love with scheming Toni Kirkland ('Ann Savage') not knowing that she is married to Harvey Kirkland (Russell Hicks), a man years older than she.... See full summary »

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Kenny Blake
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Charles D. Brown ...
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Craig Jordan
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Maggie - the Janitress
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Allen Webb
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Kirkland's Maid
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Jed - the Caretaker
George Sherwood ...
Police Lt. Edwards
Wheaton Chambers ...
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Arch Hall Sr. ...
Paul (as Archie Hall)
Elizabeth Valentine ...
Mrs. Harper - Rancher's Wife
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Prison Warden
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Reporter Kenny Blake (Hugh Beaumont) falls in love with scheming Toni Kirkland ('Ann Savage') not knowing that she is married to Harvey Kirkland (Russell Hicks), a man years older than she. By the time he finds out, he is so under her spell that he murders her husband which is what Toni had planned all along. City editor Ward McKee (Charles D. Brown, Kenny's boss and best friend, begins to pursue the tangled threads of the crime relentlessly and gradually closes the net on Kenny. The latter is mortally wounded by Toni, who has deserted him for another man. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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"I brushed you off because I couldn't be bothered with you any more...you didn't have what it takes to go through with something...you won't involve me in any murder rap...you've said all that you'll ever say!" (original poster) See more »

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According to director Edgar G. Ulmer, who was working at PRC at the time this film was made, it was originally to be called "Single Indemnity" (it was a virtual copy of the Fred MacMurray/Barbara Stanwyck film Double Indemnity (1944) of a short time earlier). The producers of "Double Indemnity" got wind of it and threatened legal action. PRC then changed the title to "Apology for Murder". See more »

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No apology given to "Double Indemnity."

The minor Hollywood studios and companies usually waited a decent interval---say two or three years--- before they made their own version of a major company film, but good old PRC had an early-day version of the TV mentality that says if it was good last week, we'll make it again tomorrow. Rigor mortis hadn't set in on Fred MacMurray's "Double Indemnity" character before PRC had their own grind-house version playing. Nothing to it; just change the insurance salesman and company cop to a reporter and his editor; cast Ann Savage (who else?) in Barbara Stanwyck's scheming, double-dealing wife role and tell the exhibitors it will be ready in two weeks. And who needs Billy Wilder and James M. Cain when they have Sam Newfield and Fred Myton? Not any of us PRC-schlock lovers for certain. The super market scene-lovers could be disappointed.


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