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The Pretender (1947)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 11 August 1947 (USA)
Kenneth Holden (Albert Dekker), a banker steals funds from an estate and decides to marry the heiress,Claire Worthington ('Catherine Craig (I)' Qv)) to safeguard his position. He arranges ... See full summary »

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Claire Worthington
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Dr. Leonard G. Koster
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Victor Korrin
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Flo Ronson
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Fingers Murdock
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Charles Lennox
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William the Butler
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Thomas the Butler
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Mickie
John Bagni ...
Hank Gordon
Stanley Ross ...
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Dr. Harold Stevens
Greta Clement ...
Margie
Peggy Wynne ...
Miss Chalmers
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Kenneth Holden (Albert Dekker), a banker steals funds from an estate and decides to marry the heiress,Claire Worthington ('Catherine Craig (I)' Qv)) to safeguard his position. He arranges for her fiancé to be killed but does not state the fiancé's name. Claire, meanwhile, has a change of heart and marries Holden. Thusly he now becomes the target of the killer and attempts to cancel the deal...except he doesn't know who the hired killer is. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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11 August 1947 (USA)  »

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Prisioneiro do Medo  »

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A rare starring role for Catherine Craig. See more »

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Claire broke off her engagement to Dr. Koster because of his heavy surgery/practice schedule, feeling he lacked time for their relationship. When her husband becomes paranoid and she consults with Dr. Koster, all of a sudden he has days free to devote to helping her, even spending nights and days at the house. See more »

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Holden gets exactly what he deserves in this one!
18 February 2017 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Kenneth Holden (Albert Dekker) is a sleazy banker who has been misusing the funds of an heiress in order to cover his losses in the stock market. He owes nearly $100,000 and his plan is to hide it by marrying the heiress. But Claire informs him that she's already engaged...so Holden arranges for the boyfriend to have an 'accident'. However, Claire unexpectedly changes her mind and insists that Holden marry her. So he does and then tries to cancel the contract...as, after all, the contract was to kill Claire's fiancé...and the killer might just think that's Holden. But this goes amok when the man behind arranging the 'accident' is murdered...and he's unable to stop the contract! Holden is at his wits end...realizing that some unknown killer might just be waiting for him!

This is an exciting and sleazy movie...and I mean sleazy in the best possible way! It has many film noir sensibilities and ends as such a film would end. Very exciting and well made.


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