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Murder Without Crime (1950)

After fighting with husband Stephen, Jan storms out with a suitcase. Meanwhile, Stephen gets drunk, picks up Grena and brings her back to their apartment. But a fight leads to a dead body, ... See full summary »

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After fighting with husband Stephen, Jan storms out with a suitcase. Meanwhile, Stephen gets drunk, picks up Grena and brings her back to their apartment. But a fight leads to a dead body, and soon, Stephen's landlord wants money to remain silent. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Dennis Price as a Landlord by Necessity
12 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

Dennis Price is a landlord by necessity, that is, he is forced to rent out rooms in his West End mansion and has a bickering couple (Derek Farr and Patricia Plunkett) upstairs. They are having an argument and she decides to leave him. After she leaves, he decides to drown his sorrows at a nearby bar where he meets Grena (Joan Dowling), a tart who lives on the same block.

Back at her place and very drunk, he decides he'd rather just go home, which infuriates her. She ends up following him home and they have a loud argument which turns physical and which Price downstairs can hear. Plunkett changes her mind and calls home in the middle of the mayhem. Grena has been killed.

What ensues is a cat-and-mouse game as Price enters the gargoyle-filled apartment, guesses what has happened, and decides to blackmail Farr.

Excellent thriller with more than a few surprises in the plot. The four actors are all excellent with Price and Dowling taking top honors. Also of note are the incredibly ugly Victorian apartment and lighting that creates a room of monstrous shadows and shapes.

The opening and closing narration is a little weird, but don't let it put you off this tidy thriller.


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