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Tension (1949)

Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  25 November 1949 (USA)
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A meek pharmacist creates an alternate identity under which he plans to murder the bullying liquor salesman who has become his wife's lover.



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Audrey Totter ...
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Lt. Collier Bonnabel
Lloyd Gough ...
Barney Deager
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Lt. Edgar Gonsales
Tito Renaldo ...


A mousy drugstore manager turns killer after his conniving wife leaves him for another man. He devises a complex plan, which involves assuming a new identity, to make it look like someone else murdered her new boyfriend. Things take an unexpected turn when someone else commits the murder first and he becomes the prime suspect. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <>

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The hard-hitting story of a man with a plan...REVENGE!


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Release Date:

25 November 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O agnostos eihe diplo allothi  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Portions of André Previn's music score were recycled as title theme for same studio's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958). See more »


When Claire is flirting with Junior and orders dessert, there is an advertisement for Dad's Root Beer on the wall behind her. The word "beer" is marked out. Then when she flirts with a customer, the sign in not marked. See more »


[first lines]
Police Lt. Collier Bonnabel: I'm Collier Bonnabel. I'm a cop. I'm a Lieutenant Detective in, uh, Homicide. That's a fancy name for murder.
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great film with some fine acting and script in forgotten film noir gem
22 February 2006 | by (chicago usa) – See all my reviews

cyd charrise in a non dancing role. she is a total babe and takes a medium size part and delivers the goods as a girl that believes in her man. the cast in this movie is superb. the plot is well written and contains some nice twists. besides excellent performances by all of the main cast the supporting staff are also perfect especially the lead detective. if you want to see cyd looking radiant and innocent, this is a great pic.

lloyd gough has a key but small part in this movie, fans of the green hornet will remember him as being on the newspaper staff for bret reed's newspaper.

audrey totter, a joliet, illinois gal is tough as nails, just like the "steel city" she hails from. does a great job in her role. she was a powerful and convincing actress.

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