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Conflict (1945)

Not Rated | | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery | 15 June 1945 (USA)
An engineer trapped in an unhappy marriage murders his wife in the hope of marrying her younger sister.

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Dr. Mark Hamilton
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Kathryn Mason
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Prof. Norman Holsworth
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Nora Grant
Edwin Stanley ...
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Richard Mason is slightly hurt in a car accident but pretends that his injuries are worse so that he cannot accompany his wife, Kathryn on a trip to the mountains. He does, however, kill her on a lonely mountain road. Or did he? He smells her perfume, finds her jewelry, sees an envelope addressed in her handwriting. He goes back to the scene of the crime to find ... what? Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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SUSPENSE...SUSPICION...MAN-WOMAN DESIRES! (original print ad - all caps)


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15 June 1945 (USA)  »

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Last credited role for Edwin Stanley. See more »

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Both the pawn ticket and the pawnbroker give the date of receipt of the locket as 7/9. But the log book shows the date as 8/22. See more »

Quotes

Prof. Norman Holsworth: You see, Doctor Hamilton belongs to the Freudian school of psychology, he believes that love rather than money is the root of all evil.
Evelyn Turner: Why it's nothing of the kind. Beg your pardon, Doctor Hamilton, but love doesn't always cause unhappiness and trouble. It's been one of man's inspirations for centuries. Why it's been the basis of some of the greatest stories ever written. Look at Romeo and Juliet, Anthony and Cleopatra, Abelard and Eloise.
Richard Mason: Yes but look what happened to them.
Evelyn Turner: Oh Dick that's not...
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Connections

Referenced in The Cosby Show: Elvin Pays for Dinner (1990) See more »

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Tango Jalousie
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Written by Jacob Gade
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a little "Gaslight," a little "Two Mrs. Carrolls," a whole lotta Bogie
11 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an obvious though very entertaining film with a cast that includes the radiant Alexis Smith, Sydney Greenstreet, and of course, the star, Humphrey Bogart at his sinister best. He plays an unhappily married man who is in love with his wife's sister (Smith). Greenstreet is a friend of the family.

Considering the circumstances of his death, it's always disturbing to see Humphrey Bogart with cigarettes, and if he's not smoking in this, he's lining them up in his cigarette case.

Mystery loving audiences will pick up the all-important clue immediately. Whether you do or don't, it's hard not to enjoy the most standard of films with a cast like this. As an added kick, the film has a psychological feature to it, which started to become all the rage toward the end of WWII.


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