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An engineer trapped in an unhappy marriage murders his wife in the hope of marrying her younger sister.

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Prof. Norman Holsworth
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Det. Lt. Egan (as Pat O'Moore)
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Nora Grant
Edwin Stanley ...
Phillips (as Ed 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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The Pentacle  »

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The statue of the Maltese Falcon is clearly displayed as an ornament on the top of the wooden filing cabinet in Det. Lt. Egan's office when Richard visits. A few years earlier, in 1941, Bogart and Greenstreet had appeared together in the movie "The Maltese Falcon" about this statue. No reference to it is made in the dialogue of this movie. See more »

Goofs

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

Evelyn Turner: Do drive carefully, Dick. These mountain roads are so dangerous!
Richard Mason: Yeah, I've heard that before.
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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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24 December 2009 | by (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) – See all my reviews

This is one of Bogart's best movies. He could go either to hard bitten private detective Sam Spade or to paranoid types like the role he plays in this movie or what he did in Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Like most Hollywood movies, murder seems a bit unrealistic given the characters as they are written out and portrayed. But get by the murder and the contrived plot that follows, Bogart still is nothing less than fantastic in this movie. Alexis Smith's part as his wife's younger sister is another reason not to throw this film in as a minor and forgettable Bogart effort. Leave it to director Curtis Bernhardt, who was known for making "women"s films, to make a film that explores so well a man's infatuation and insecurity.


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