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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:
Major noir classic with a spectacular Audrey Totter performance See more (52 total) »

Cast

  (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)
 
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Runtime:
95 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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:
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

What was Claire's motive?
Why did Claire plant the gun even after Mary saw her go in?
Why did Barney back down from the fight with Quimby?
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33 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Major noir classic with a spectacular Audrey Totter performance, 22 December 2007
Author: robert-temple-1 from United Kingdom

This is in a category of its own. The central role of a bad, bad girl is played by Audrey Totter with such spectacular power and intensity that you would think it would break the projectors in the cinema. She was like an earthquake on screen. She was also well supported by superb performances from Richard Baseheart as her husband, Barry Sullivan as a sardonic detective, and the elegant Cyd Charisse who exerts her powerful charms in a non-dancing role. This film does not conform to any strict formulae of noir construction, is almost quirky, but is a genuine classic of the genre by breaking so many of the rules. There is no murder for absolutely ages, but we forget that we are waiting for it, so mesmerised are we by Totter. The balance of attention shifts from character to character, and there is a lot of misdirection of attention to keep the audience guessing. This is absolutely not a film about a murder, which in itself is incidental. This is a powerful psychological study of extreme character types. There are absolutely superb minor touches of direction throughout, and John Berry, the director, would have had a future as one of the top directors in Hollywood after this if he had not been blacklisted. William Conrad (later 'Cannon' on TV for 102 episodes) was just as fat a cop then, and Barry Sullivan actually pulls a bag of popcorn out of his hand, gives it to a passing stranger, and pats Conrad on his bulging stomach to admonish him. The film is full of little things like that which are creative embellishments added by a director with his imagination and his eye both in top gear. The best touch of all is the stretching of a rubber band throughout the film by Barry Sullivan, who says 'everybody has his breaking point', and snaps the band. In the scenes with the greatest tension, the band comes out and gets stretched and stretched. In one amazing scene, Sullivan and Totter even stretch the rubber band together with their fingers both entwined in it absentmindedly, while the psychological tension builds. This use of the rubber band throughout the film as a motif actually works, because it is done so well and with such extraordinary subtlety. All the suspects are under tension bigtime, hence the title. There are many good lines, such as Sullivan saying to Totter: 'I've got a file on you going back as far as you can remember and into the future as far as you dare imagine.' They end up kissing. This film positively reeks of classic noir elements, while being put together in an original manner. We have irrational passion, greed, amorality, lust, love, betrayal, selfless devotion, murder, as well as an inability to kill despite wanting to. It's all there. Just add DVD and stir.

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