The secretary to a phony psychiatrist finds herself caught up in the murder of a patient's wife and realizes that her life is also in danger.

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Karl Benson
Irene Hervey ...
Ruth / Mrs. Alton Bennet
Phillip Reed ...
Guy Bayard
Harold Vermilyea ...
Dr. Redman
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Alton Bennet
Art Smith ...
Detective Lt. Bill Dawson
Irving Bacon ...
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Merle Kramer works as a stenographer for a psychiatrist. She is casually dating Karl Benson, a private eye and former cop. Merle mentions in passing that one of her boss's patients is an author with recurring dreams of murdering his wife, and she includes the fact that the wife owns valuable jewels. When the wife is found murdered in a manner identical to that of her husband's dream, the husband is naturally the prime suspect. But as the investigation of the police and insurance investigator Joe Cooper proceeds, it turns out that several people in the case, including Merle, are not what they seem. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The story of a smiling "Lady Killer" who knew how to "handle" women!

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25 May 1949 (USA)  »

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A Man Who Stole a Dream  »

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Star Dorothy Lamour, in her autobiography, described working with George Reeves in the role of the insurance investigator, despite the fact that this role was played by Sterling Hayden. See more »

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A cop coming out of the room where suspect Merle Kramer is being questioned says "this looks like an all night affair. I think I'll call the misses and have her put the dinner in the oven". I would seem the fridge would be a more likely place. See more »

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Det. Dawson: I've never known a congenital wise-guy yet that didn't outsmart himself.
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Referenced in Remington Steele: Cast in Steele (1984) See more »

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Could have been real noir
24 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Considering the cast and story, it's unfortunate that director Lewis Foster could not end up with a real film noir. Dan Duryea is up to par playing a sleazy double-crosser but Sterling Hayden is wasted as an insurance investigator who spends most of his time standing around or tagging along with the cops. The always reliable Alan Napier is a highlight of the film playing the stoic, self-righteous jilted husband.

The attempts at humor along the way relegate the film to the realm of a 1930's murder mystery, not a serious noir. There certainly was a lost opportunity for something better. Nevertheless, any film with Duryea and Hayden is worth a watch.


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