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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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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 <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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


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25 November 1949 (USA)  »

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O agnostos eihe diplo allothi  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Tension" was shooting at about the same time in 1949 as Side Street (1949), and the latter film utilizes the pharmacy set and its phone booth to allow Farley Granger to make a phone call. See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Quimby is bowling, he hits the pins and then turns away, talking briefly to his friend. He then returns to bowl another ball, yet the pins have been set up again. This is a mistake because previously there was still one pin standing solid. Therefore, even automated machines could not have reset the them. See more »

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[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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Hitchcock?
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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