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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 »

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When Richard sees the empty apartment, the owner tells him that the sink has a double draining board, yet there is no sink. Furthermore, it could not even be in the obscured alcove or it would be obscuring the light from the window on the wall. See more »

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Evelyn Turner: Is your heart in a cage, Professor Holsworth?
Prof. Norman Holsworth: Oh I give it a little birdseed now and then.
Evelyn Turner: That's very strongminded of you, but I'm not quite convinced.
Prof. Norman Holsworth: Neither am I.
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Referenced in The Cosby Show: Elvin Pays for Dinner (1990) 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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Playing A Head Game
26 October 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Conflict was the last film teaming of Humphrey Bogart and Sidney Greenstreet and for this one the roles were reversed. For once Mr. Greenstreet was a good guy and he set about to trap his friend Bogart who he suspects of murdering his wife.

I guess it's the psychiatric training for Greenstreet for that's what he plays in Conflict. Bogart and wife Rose Hobart are a seemingly happy couple, but in fact they've grown quite apart and Bogart fancies himself in love with Hobart's sister, Alexis Smith.

One night he and his wife are to go up to a mountain hotel resort, but work keeps him home temporarily at the last minute. Hobart drives up alone and doesn't return.

Let's just say that an elaborate trap has been set for a man that there is no direct evidence on. Let's say that Greenstreet's professional training comes in mighty handy for the games that are played.

Conflict is not in the same league as Maltese Falcon or Casablanca. Still it has a modicum of suspense and should keep the viewer interested.


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