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Meek, mild Warren Quimby (Richard Basehart) is married to sexy, man-hungry Claire (Audrey Totter). She leaves him for hunky, brutal Barney (Lloyd Gough). Quimby plans to murder Barney but can't go through with it. But Barney is murdered and all the evidence points to Quimby...
OK little movie. Nothing new plot wise but competently done. Basehart is very good in his two roles; Gough is good also and Barry Sullivan and William Conrad offer strong support as police officers trying to crack the case. Cyd Charisse is here too but wasted in a bad role. Totter, though, is GREAT! She burns up the screen and the movie takes a huge leap every time she's on camera. It's worth seeing just for her.
I do have two major complaints--there are more than a few instances of TERRIBLE back screen projection and the identity of the murderer was extremely predictable. Still, it's a passable time filler. I'll give it a 6.
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