Cause for Alarm! (1951)

Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  23 August 1951 (Portugal)
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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:
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 ...
Lonesome Sailor


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 <>

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This Girl Is In Trouble!


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Release Date:

23 August 1951 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Grund zur Aufregung  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This is one of a handful of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer productions of the 1950-1951 period whose original copyrights were never renewed and are now apparently in Public Domain; for this reason this title is now offered, often in very inferior copies, at bargain prices, by numerous VHS and DVD distributors who do not normally handle copyrighted or Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer material. See more »


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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Edited into Muchachada nui: Episode #2.8 (2008) See more »

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Return to Sender!
28 August 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Loretta Young acts up a storm as a woman (Ellen) married to a terminally ill man (George) who believes she is planning to murder him. Husband Barry Sullivan composes a letter to the District Attorney, explaining how exactly Young will commit the murder…

The film is a showcase for Young, and she delivers a fine performance. The story, however, is very hard to accept. There are many things happening on the screen which needed to be more fully explained. For starters, the husband's illnesses - how does his heart condition affect his mind as manifested on screen? Then, there are several actions Young takes which do not seem to be the choices most level-headed thinking individuals would take. So, maybe she's not exactly a level-headed thinking individual?

****** Cause for Alarm! (1951) Tay Garnett ~ Loretta Young, Barry Sullivan, Bruce Cowling

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