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John Forbes is a family man who's tired of the 9 to 5 humdrum of his job an insurance company executive. Life gets a little more exciting for him when he calls upon femme fatale Mona ... See full summary »

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John Forbes is a family man who's tired of the 9 to 5 humdrum of his job an insurance company executive. Life gets a little more exciting for him when he calls upon femme fatale Mona Stevens. Her boyfriend has embezzled from a store insured by Forbes' company and has showered her with gifts using the loot. Forbes comes to collect the ill-gotten gifts, but the boyfriend is in jail, and Forbes falls hard for Mona and begins an affair. The only problem is that MacDonald, a private dick who freelances for the insurance company, has had his eyes on Mona first. The obsessed MacDonald turns the soon-to-be-released boyfriend against Forbes. Written by Martin Lewison <lewison+@pitt.edu>

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24 August 1948 (USA)  »

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Caminho da Tentação  »

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"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 17, 1949 with Dick Powell, Jane Wyatt and Raymond Burr reprising their film roles. See more »

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When Mona goes looking for John at work, his insurance office is open and they tell her he is at home sick. Meanwhile, at home, John asks his son Tommy why he isn't at school, and the kid says it's Saturday. See more »

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Tommy Forbes: Dad was a boxer in college!
Doctor: I think he was wise to go into insurance.
Doctor: [handing a prescription to Sue Forbes] Take this up to the drug store.
Sue Forbes: What is it?
Doctor: A course in boxing.
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Dick Powell's mid-life crisis
12 August 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Pitfall is about precisely that. Forty something insurance man Dick Powell is getting restless. He's seemingly achieved the American dream, wife, kid, nice home and car. And the nice wife is played by Jane Wyatt who was using this film to warm up for the queen of nice wives in the Fifties as Betty Anderson in Father Knows Best.

Powell is brought a report on a claim that one of the hired investigators Raymond Burr has. Byron Barr has embezzled money that Powell's insurance company is covering. Barr has spent the money lavishly on presents for Lizabeth Scott. Powell has to check this one out for himself. Of course he meets Lizabeth Scott and nature takes its course. Barr mean time is serving time in jail and Raymond Burr has decided to stake out Ms. Scott for himself. Or maybe the right word is stalk.

So we've got Barr serving, Burr stalking, Powell cheating, what's this Lizabeth Scott got to get all these guys hormones working in overdrive?

My description of Pitfall may have been flip up to now, but it really is a fine drama with no real heroes in it, except maybe Jane Wyatt. The best performance in Pitfall goes to Raymond Burr who is really a malevolent figure with his obsession about Scott.


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