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Allen Rivkin (screenplay)
John D. Klorer (based on the story by)
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Release Date:
25 November 1949 (USA) See more »
The hard-hitting story of a man with a plan...REVENGE!
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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Modest but effective thriller See more (53 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

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)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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95 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #13979) | USA:TV-PG (tv rating)

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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 »
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 »
[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 American Grindhouse (2010)See more »


Why was Claire foolish enough to date Bonnabel?
Why did Claire plant the gun even after Mary saw her go in?
What was Claire's motive?
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20 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Modest but effective thriller, 27 May 2002
Author: lorenellroy from United Kingdom

Richard Basehart-an actor who never received the roles his talent merited-plays Warren Quimby a drugstore employee whose modest salary and aspirations frustrate his more avaricious wife Clare,played woodenly by Audrey Trotter.She leaves him for a wealthy operator ,Barney Deager,who compounds Quimbys misery by beating him up in front of Clare He resolves to take on another identity and kill Deager but while having the opportunity cannot bring himself to do it However Deager is murdered shortly after and suspicion falls on him.The rest of the movie centres on the investigation by the devious and shrewd police detective Collier Bonnabel (Barry Sullivan)and his attempt to get at the truth

It is not a who done it as the identity of the killer is never in doubt and instead the focus is on how the culprit will be revealed The performance ,the pouty and sulky Trotter aside ,are solid and the direction by John Berry brisk and to the point

It is not a major thriller but solid studio genre film making and worth the less than 90 minutes of your time that will be taken in watching it.

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