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A hen-pecked engineer trapped in an unhappy marriage murders his wife in hopes of marrying her younger sister.



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Complete credited cast:
Richard Mason
Evelyn Turner
Dr. Mark Hamilton
Rose Hobart ...
Kathryn Mason
Charles Drake ...
Prof. Norman Holsworth
Dr. Grant
Patrick O'Moore ...
Det. Lt. Egan (as Pat O'Moore)
Ann Shoemaker ...
Nora Grant
Edwin Stanley ...
Phillips (as Ed Stanley)


Richard Mason is slightly injured in a car accident but pretends greater hurt 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 with her handwriting. He must go back to the scene of the crime to find ... what? Written by Ed Stephan <>

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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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Jack L. Warner had Joan Crawford, who had just joined Warner Bros. and was looking for her first role at the studio, in mind for the role of Kathryn Mason, and sent the script for the film to her. However, after reading the script, Crawford told her agent to tell Warner that "Joan Crawford never dies in her movies, and she never ever loses her man to anyone". See more »


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 »


Kathryn Mason: I wouldn't tell Evelyn if I were you, I"m afraid she'd laugh at you too.
Richard Mason: I wish you hadn't said that.
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Edited into Tales from the Crypt: You, Murderer (1995) See more »


How Sweet You Are
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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Underrated Performance by Bogart
2 February 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Conflict (1945)

*** (out of 4)

Nice thriller about a husband (Humphrey Bogart) who murders his wife because he's in love with her younger sister (Alexis Smith). The husband is in a bad car wreck but he fakes how serious his injury is so he will have an alibi as to why he couldn't be the murderer but soon he starts seeing his wife and begins to fear he might not have killed her. I was pleasantly surprised to see how good this picture was even though some stronger direction would have helped matters. While watching the movie I was entertained every step of the way but at the same time I couldn't help but wonder what this would have been like with someone like Hitchcock behind the camera. What works best are the performances with Bogart leading the way and doing a very fine job in the role of the husband who slowly begins to crack once he realizes he might not have done a very good job in terms of his murder plot. Bogart manages to play the character's nerves quite well and makes the role very believable. Smith was also very good in her role bringing a certain type of innocence that really makes her register with the viewer. He own scenes of doubt over whether she should be falling for her sister's husband were well done. Sydney Greenstreet plays the friend/psychologist who tries to keep Bogart calm throughout the matter. Greenstreet's calm, nurturing voice certainly makes him perfect for the character. The screenplay also works very well as we're given two different mysteries to keep in our mind. The first being whether or not the wife is actually dead or is something more supernatural going on. The second is, if she's dead, will Bogie get away with it. This film really has a lot of elements of a horror film or at least the Val Lewton productions that were being made around this time. This film is quite dark and really fits into that genre so fans of the Lewton films will certainly want to check this out.

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