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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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User Reviews:
Excellent mid-century melodrama 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:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: Near the end, Warren Quimby puts both his hands in his pockets while facing the camera and talking. Then, in a reverse shot from behind, he is seen with his hands out of his pockets and putting them in again.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 American Grindhouse (2010)See more »

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31 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Excellent mid-century melodrama, 13 March 2005
Author: Ripshin from North Carolina

Although a bit noir-sh at times, and produced during the golden era of that film genre, this is by no means a pure film noir. Rather, "Tension" is a B-movie version of the melodramas popular at all of the studios during the late 40s. And, certainly, as suggested by other posters, this film has no business being compared to Hitchcock.

Overall, I am pleasantly surprised with the talent, direction, script and locations.

Granted, the whole "Clark-Kent-wearing-glasses-isn't-Superman" form of disguise is ludicrous, but it has always been an accepted modus-operandi for the concept of hidden identities on stage, film and TV. The performances of all of the leads are good - none chew the scenery. Basehart never "got his due" as an actor, as I'm afraid most remember him as the captain on TV's "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" in the 60s. Totter is excellent, and while Cyd Charisse is little more than set dressing, she requites herself well.

The techniques of law have certainly changed, as the means of tricking the guilty party in this film is nothing less than entrapment.

And for those of you interested in architecture, that great Deco-ish apartment complex featured in the film is still much the same 55 years later, even down to the vines on the railing. It is located off West Olympic Blvd, just west of Century City (across from Pavilion's, behind hotel). By the way, contrary to what a previous poster states, most of this film takes place in Culver City - only the beach house and apartment complex are "in" Malibu. Being an MGM film, they stuck close to home with locations.

UPDATE: Bad news - that beautiful apt. complex is coming down in 2006. Now THAT is a crime!

Update 2: Jan 2007 - the building is still there.

Update 3: Oct 2008 - they're moving people out by 2010.

Update 4: October 2013 - still there!!

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