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Conflict (1945)

Not Rated | | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery | 30 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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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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According to Robert Osborne of Turner Classic Movies, this film was made in 1943. It is shown as being released in June 1945. Edwin Stanley who played Phillips passed away in December 1944 prior to it being released. See more »

Goofs

At the end, after Richard has parked his car and is approaching where the wood pile is, the camera angle tilted to exaggerate the angle of the slope of the land. As a result, he walks tilted forward at an angle that would be physically impossible without immediately toppling forward on his face. See more »

Quotes

Richard Mason: Doctor, you've had a lot of experience with mental cases assuming I am a mental case. Ever run across anything like this before?
Dr. Mark Hamilton: Only once, years ago when I was a student in Vienna.
Richard Mason: What was it?
Dr. Mark Hamilton: Man who murdered his wife.
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Connections

Edited into Tales from the Crypt: You, Murderer (1995) See more »

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How Sweet You Are
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Music by Arthur Schwartz
Played after Richard leaves the phone booth, talks to the operator and Dr. Hamilton, and out on the terrace
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Interesting psychological mystery
15 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

Conflict stars Humphrey Bogart as architect Richard Mason, not in love with his wife (Rose Hobart) and infatuated with her sister Alexis (Evelyn Turner) Events soon take a sinister turn, when Richard hatches a plot to murder his wife on a remote mountain road. Just when he thinks he has committed the perfect crime, things start to happen which plant seeds of doubt in his mind.

Sydney Greenstreet gives a fine performance as a psychologist friend of the Masons who offers useful insights into the criminal mind and gives you food for thought as he voices his opinion on the human psyche.

With good performances all round, this is an atmospheric mystery which will keep you guessing to the end.


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