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Director:
Writers:
Allen Rivkin (screenplay)
John D. Klorer (based on the story by)
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Release Date:
25 November 1949 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
The hard-hitting story of a man with a plan...REVENGE!
Plot:
A meek pharmacist creates an alternate identity under which he plans to murder the bullying liquor salesman who has become his wife's lover. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Like a Rubber band, People Will Finally Snap See more (52 total) »

Cast

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Richard Basehart ... Warren Quimby
Audrey Totter ... Claire Quimby

Cyd Charisse ... Mary Chanler

Barry Sullivan ... Lt. Collier Bonnabel
Lloyd Gough ... Barney Deager
Tom D'Andrea ... Freddie

William Conrad ... Lt. Edgar Gonsales
Tito Renaldo ... Narco
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ray Bennett ... Theater Manager (uncredited)
Virginia Brissac ... Mrs. Andrews (uncredited)
Peter Brocco ... Balew (uncredited)
Bert Davidson ... Reporter at Press Club Café (uncredited)
John Gallaudet ... Artie (uncredited)
Theresa Harris ... Woman in Drugstore (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... Boxer Handler (uncredited)
Kitty McHugh ... Agnes (uncredited)
Mike Morelli ... Reporter at Press Club Café (uncredited)
Stephen Roberts ... Attendant (uncredited)
Carl Sklover ... Reporter at Press Club Café (uncredited)
Hayward Soo Hoo ... Kid in Drugstore (uncredited)
Philip Van Zandt ... Lt. Schiavone (uncredited)
Tommy Walker ... Man at Counter Trying to Pick Up Claire (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Berry 
 
Writing credits
Allen Rivkin (screenplay)

John D. Klorer (based on the story by) (as John Klorer)

John Berry  uncredited

Produced by
Robert Sisk .... producer
 
Original Music by
André Previn 
 
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Sr. (director of photography) (as Harry Stradling)
 
Film Editing by
Albert Akst 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Leonid Vasian 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup designer
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Ruby Rosenberg .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Rhein .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Jack D. Moore .... associate set decorator
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... sound recording supervisor
Norwood A. Fenton .... sound (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Borland .... grip (uncredited)
Jerome Hester .... still photographer (uncredited)
Sam Leavitt .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
William J. Hole Jr. .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
95 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #13979)

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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:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014)See more »

FAQ

Why was Claire foolish enough to date Bonnabel?
Why did Barney back down from the fight with Quimby?
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Like a Rubber band, People Will Finally Snap, 12 June 2006

Underrated, somewhat obscure B mystery/noir film about a mousy drugstore manager married to a beautiful woman who uses him and plays the field while he works nights. Things heat up as the woman leaves her husband for another man, he goes to get her, gets beat up by the hulk of a guy she is with, and then he decides he will invent a whole new identity on the weekends and kill him. Richard Basehart does a really good job playing the mild-mannered Warren and then the more realistic Paul Southern. Basehart just doesn't stereotype either role but gives life to each. The director John Berry creates many suspenseful scenes and does all those film noir things we come to expect from a good noir thriller: lots of odd camera angles, excellent use of lighting and shadows, a narrator telling us information after the fact, and a group of players of dubious character. Audrey Totter plays Warren's playful wife to perfection - she really gives the role some depth despite it being so outwardly two-dimensional. The rest of the cast is very effective with Barry Sullivan pulling extra duty as policeman and film narrator doing a very credible job, William Conrad adding humour as his partner, Tom D'Andrea being a voice of reason, and lovely Cyd Charisse as Paul's object of affection. Tension is one of those diamonds in the rough you find when you least expect it. The film doesn't boast a huge budget or marquee stars, but it can hold its weight with many of the films of similar subject matter in its era. Another great plus is the terrific score used throughout by Andre Previn. It almost assumes the role of another character with its ubiquitous presence shadowing the proceedings throughout. If you like good old-fashioned mysteries, then you should not be at all be disappointed with Tension.

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