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Conflict (1945)

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


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Release Date:

15 June 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Pentacle  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


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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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