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Five Angles on Murder (1950)

The Woman in Question (original title)
Approved | | Mystery | 18 February 1952 (USA)
A woman is murdered, but she is seen in different ways by different people.

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Agnes / Madame Astra / Parrot (voice)
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R.W. (Bob) Baker
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Michael Murray
Susan Shaw ...
Catherine Taylor
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Mrs. Finch
Charles Victor ...
Albert Pollard
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Supt. Lodge
Lana Morris ...
Lana Clark
Joe Linnane ...
Inspector Butler
Vida Hope ...
Shirley Jones
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A woman is murdered, but she is seen in different ways by different people.

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Inside joke: When the police inspectors are searching the flat at the beginning, they come across some photographs of the dead woman's boyfriends. One comments to the other that they might recognise some of these men from their own rogues' gallery. He pauses, examines one and says knowingly, "John Mills!" Obviously a tongue-in-cheek reference to a certain fellow actor! See more »

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Supt. Lodge: Polly! Pretty Polly! Pity - the one witness who knows all the answers and he won't talk.
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Five versions of one person
18 May 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'The Woman in Question' shows the same person, the fairground fortune-teller Astra (real name: Agnes) as five different people saw her. Astra has been found strangled and the police chief tries to put together what has happened to her.

Jean Kent is excellent - for me, she was at her best in sleazy, tarty roles and the episode seen from her sister's (Susan Shaw) point of view is no exception. I love the moment when we first see this version of Astra, sprawled in bed in a messy room, drunk. The music is wonderful here.

Charles Victor plays Mr Pollard, the pet shop owner, with a fine degree of understatement. Hermione Baddeley is equally good as the nosy neighbour Mrs Finch.

Jean Kent (in 'Sixty Voices' by Brian McFarlane) felt the episode closest to the character in her view was the happy-go-lucky girl as seen by the Irish sailor played by John McCallum. Her least favourite was the Susan Shaw episode. Apparently Bette Davis had originally been in mind for the part.

A very cleverly made film and a classic British film.


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