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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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Complete credited cast:
Dr. Mark Hamilton
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Prof. Norman Holsworth
Dr. Grant
Patrick O'Moore ...
Det. Lt. Egan (as Pat O'Moore)
Nora Grant
Edwin Stanley ...
Phillips (as Ed Stanley)


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


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Release Date:

30 June 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Pentacle  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Last credited role for Edwin Stanley. See more »


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 »


Evelyn Turner: Do drive carefully, Dick. These mountain roads are so dangerous!
Richard Mason: Yeah, I've heard that before.
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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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Bogart and Greenstreet...You Can't Beat 'Em
23 January 2002 | by (West Virginia) – See all my reviews

This may not be one of Bogart's best, in fact not even close to his best....but his pairing with Sidney Greenstreet makes it worth watching. There is something magical about the manner in which these two actors mesh that is seldom seen in film. Bogart is Bogart, always the tight lipped hero or villain with the clipped speech and slight chip on his shoulder. Greenstreet is the jolly fat man who hides behind that facade, either evil or cunning or both. Two actors with different personas which play perfectly against each other. They are seldom on the same side and although initially, in this film, they appear to be, the tables turn as the film progresses. The story is not a new one....man kills wife...or so he thinks....is she dead or isn't she? The ending is fairly predictable but it still holds your interest. Alexis Smith, as the target of Bogart's affections, is tall, coldly beautiful and rather detached....she does not seem vulnerable enough and can't seem to make up her mind about her feelings for Bogart's character. Watch this film for the exchanges between Bogart and Greenstreet...that's what it is all about. They make the rest of it worthwhile.

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