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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
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When Richard Basehart's character of Quimby decides to create another identity for himself, he gets the idea for the name Sothern when he sees a movie fan magazine with Ann Sothern on the cover. "Tension" producer Robert Sisk was then in the process of prepping Shadow on the Wall (1950) to star Miss Sothern in the last film of her long-term MGM contract. See more »
Exterior of the street outside drugstore (shot on actual location) do not match with views of same street as seen through window of drugstore interior (a set). See more »
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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