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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The same exact brooch worn by Bogart's wife in the film is the same one worn by Ingrid Bergman in her opening scene in "Casablanca.". Also, the actual "Maltese Falcon" is seen perched on top of a file cabinet at the police homicide bureau. See more »

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Richard closes an open window in his office so he won't hear the song being played outside his window. He has been away from his office for several days at Rainbow Lake. See more »

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Richard Mason: Funny things happen inside people's heads, don't they?
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"The Subject Was Roses"?
28 August 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sidney Greenstreet was only in motion pictures for nine years, but he left a mark as large as his physical presence. He was lucky to be taken through his initial appearance in films (he was past 60)by one of the great modern film directors (John Huston). And after THE MALTESE FALCON he was lucky enough to appear in a second film by Huston (ACROSS THE PACIFIC) co-starring his "Maltese Falcon" friends Bogart and Mary Astor. With that build-up he was set. Unfortunately, he also had been set in the role of villain, and for as long as he was connected to Warners Brothers (which was most of his whole career) he was usually playing villains. There would be exceptions: He was in comedies like CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT, THE HUCKSTERS, PILLOW TO POST. But most of his films were dramatic, with him playing the villains. Sometimes his villains were sympathetic, or the type the audience secretly cheered on (his Superintendent Grodman avenges himself and a wrongly hanged man in the course of the film THE VERDICT). Sometimes he destroyed a truly evil figure (usually Zachary Scott), like in THE MASK OF DEMETRIOS.

Because of THE MALTESE FALCON and the Warner Brothers connection, Greenstreet and Bogart found themselves teamed together, frequently with Peter Lorre or Mary Astor in these films as well. In most of them Greenstreet played a villain or a semi-sinister figure (his role in Casablanca is not a total villain in the film). But CONFLICT is a real exception. It was the only time Greenstreet and Bogart were in a film together and Bogart is the villain, while Greenstreet is the man who solves the murder. It is good reverse casting (reminding us that Bogart's period as a supporting actor in the 1930s was one where he played villains against Edward G. Robinson or James Cagney). Greenstreet is excellent as the the man who uses psychological warfare to crack the killer's conscience. And it is so subtly done we never know what was the cause of Greenstreet's discovery of the truth - it all comes down to an issue of horticulture...so to speak.


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