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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Complete credited cast:
Warren Quimby / Paul Sothern
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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  »

Box Office


$682,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Audrey Totter was promised top-billing by the Producer, but when Richard Basehart was borrowed from Fox to play her husband, the studio demanded that he get top billing as a condition of the agreement. See more »


Near the end, Warren Quimby puts both his hands in his pockets while facing the camera and talking. Then, in a reverse shot from behind, he is seen with his hands out of his pockets and putting them in again. 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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25 June 2003 | by (miami fl) – See all my reviews

Why is everyone here comparing this (unfavorably) to Hitchcock? Apples and oranges! What this is is a damn good little B mystery lifted to art by the estimable, underrated Audrey Totter and an evocative score by Andre Previn. He reused the theme here years later in the much more well known Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Parenthetically, can anyone think of a movie that wasn't bettered by the presence of the fabulous Miss Totter? Let's file belated criminal charges against M-G-M for misusing this dream girl!

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