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Mr. Jones is a invalid husband who wrongly thinks his wife and doctor are conspiring to kill him and outlines that suspicion in letter, which causes a serious concern when he ends up dying anyway.

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Complete credited cast:
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Ellen Jones
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George Z. Jones
Bruce Cowling ...
Dr. Ranney Grahame
Margalo Gillmore ...
Mrs. Edwards
Brad Morrow ...
Hoppy - Billy (as Bradley Mora)
Irving Bacon ...
Mr. Carston - Postman
Georgia Backus ...
Mrs. Warren
Don Haggerty ...
Mr. Russell
Art Baker ...
Superintendent
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Lonesome Sailor
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Storyline

Invalid George Jones is both physically and mentally ill. He mistakenly believes his wife Ellen and his doctor are having an affair and also planning to kill him. He writes a letter to his lawyer detailing their alleged murder plot. After he has Ellen give the letter to their postman, he reveals its contents to her and then threatens her with a gun. The excitement proves to much and George suffers a fatal collapse. Now Ellen must find a way to retrieve the incriminating letter. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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This Girl Is In Trouble!


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23 August 1951 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Grund zur Aufregung  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Tom Lewis wanted Judy Garland for the part, but his wife Loretta Young wanted the part also. She retained a lawyer who told him that he was discriminating against her because she was his wife. She got the part. See more »

Quotes

George Z. Jones: Ummm... my head.
Ellen Jones: Is your head bothering you?
George Z. Jones: Terribly... both of them.
Ellen Jones: Would you like me to rub it for you?
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You don't need fancy cinematography!
21 October 2004 | by (stl) – See all my reviews

When I came across this film on PBS I wasn't going to watch, but it has an attractive quality that sort of sucks you in. Once things started rolling I was glued. It proves that you don't need expensive sets and/or effects to make a great film.

"Cause for Alarm" is suspenseful, and creative, and the only film of it's kind that I have ever come across. I'd recommend it for anyone who doesn't mind watching a black & white with a better plot and better acting than most movies made now-a-days.

I wouldn't be surprised if some big-shot producer somewhere came along in the next few years or so to remake this film. They do it to anything good. It's too easy to take something that's already good, put some frills on it, and release it in theaters as the beautiful banal junk that plays in theaters now. I'm not about to stand on a soap box and go off on a tangent.

So... I recommend that you check this one out! It's worth your time.


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