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Tension (1949)

Passed  -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  25 November 1949 (USA)
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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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Cast

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Warren Quimby
Audrey Totter ...
Claire Quimby
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Mary Chanler
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Lt. Collier Bonnabel
Lloyd Gough ...
Barney Deager
Tom D'Andrea ...
Freddie
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Lt. Edgar Gonsales
Tito Renaldo ...
Narco
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Storyline

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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murder | lover | neighbor | manager | killer | See more »

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


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25 November 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O agnostos eihe diplo allothi  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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