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Anne Parkson feels neglected by her lawyer-husband Ted, so she falls in love with night-club owner Tony Arnello, a shady character who is a client of her husband's. This being a MGM picture... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
John Hodiak ...
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Theodore 'Ted' Parkson
Frances Gifford ...
Anne Parkson
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Ricky Parkson
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Vivian Delwyn
Warner Anderson ...
Det. Sam Leonard
Lowell Gilmore ...
Dr. Avery Border
Archie Twitchell ...
Roger Alison (as Michael Branden)
Ruth Brady ...
Ruby Dandridge ...
Maybelle - Parkson's Maid
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Claire Lorrison
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Anne Parkson feels neglected by her lawyer-husband Ted, so she falls in love with night-club owner Tony Arnello, a shady character who is a client of her husband's. This being a MGM picture and MGM known to strive for General Audience ratings and avoid the dreaded Adult Audience tag, any affair that takes place is barely implied. Tony, a no-goodnik, kills Claire Lorrison, but Anne's compact is found near the body. Arnello threatens her with exposure unless she keeps quiet, as she is the only one who knows he is guilty. This being an Arch Oboler film, it is also filled with lots of "stream of consciousness" techniques in which the audience is able to share the thoughts of the central character. Oboler is highly praised in some quarters for bringing this from his radio programs where, of course, it was needed to let the radio audience know what was going on. In films, it comes off as just somebody talking to themselves. Gifford talks to herself a lot in this one, mainly about whether to... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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It was just a "flirtation" until it became an "affair"!


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The newspaper report of the murder misspells the word 'clue': "The police assert that the only clew is a woman's compact..." See more »

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That Name Lorrison Again. Where Did MGM Come Up With It?
18 September 2003 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

This movie is unsuccessful as a noir, a crime drama -- as anything, really.

John Hodiak is always compelling, though he isn't a convincing villain here. George Murphy is barely adequate.

Frances Gifford -- whose bio I just read here, and who had a tragic life -- is very beautiful but directed to act as if in a coma.

Even Eve Arden's quips fall uneasily flat in this context.

The best performance is given by Dean Stockwell, as the strangely troubled child Murphy and Gifford profess to adore but who seems to be ignored by his father and to have an extreme affection for his mother.




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