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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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 »

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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 »

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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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Okay mystery
16 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The always good Richard Basehart stars with Barry Sullivan, Audrey Totter, Cyd Charisse, Tom D'Andrea, and William Conrad in "Tension," a 1949 B noir. Basehart plays Warren Quimby, a pharmacist obsessed with his cold wife (Audrey Totter) who is a tramp. When she picks up with a liquor salesman, Deager (Lloyd Gough), she leaves Warren. He confronts the two of them, and Deager beats him. The mousy Quimby decides to kill Deager. He moves away from his wife and her lover, changing his name and appearance, still working by day at the pharmacy. However, he falls in love with a neighbor, Mary (Charisse) and changes his mind. Deager winds up dead anyway, and guess who is the chief suspect? This is a just-okay film, with a big deal made out of contact lenses, which must have been a fairly new invention then. I'll go out on a limb (hah) and say that the transition from glasses to contact lenses didn't change Warren's appearance all that much. It was a start, but a false beard would have been a nice addition. Maybe a fat suit.

Basehart and Totter had different acting styles, but both work well within the film - she's a harridan, and he's weak and pretty troubled - he must be to consider murdering someone. The fact that he falls for such a sweet woman as Mary is a bit of a plot hole, when he seems to go for the domineering, demeaning type due to a lack of self-esteem. If we're supposed to believe that Mary gave him new-found strength and self-esteem - well, it all happened a little fast.

This is one of those movies that's okay if you don't concentrate on the plot too much.


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