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The Scarf (1951)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller | 6 April 1951 (USA)
A man believe to have murdered a woman, escapes from the insane asylum to find if he was the one to actually kill her using the scarf she was wearing.

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(as E.A. Dupont)

Writers:

(story) (as I.G. Goldsmith), (story) (as Edwin Rolfe) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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John Howard Barrington
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Connie Carter
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Ezra Thompson
Emlyn Williams ...
Dr. David Dunbar
Lloyd Gough ...
Asylum Dr. Gordon
Basil Ruysdael ...
Cyrus Barrington
David Wolfe ...
Level Louie
Harry Shannon ...
Asylum Warden Anderson
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Mrs. Cyrus Barrington
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State Trooper (as Dave McMahon)
Chubby Johnson ...
Feed Store Manager
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Tom - Drunk Cowboy
Emmett Lynn ...
Jack the Waiter
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Sid - Drunk Cowboy
Frank Jaquet ...
Town Sheriff
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Storyline

John Barrington escapes from an asylum for the criminally-insane and finds refuge on the ranch of turkey-raiser Ezra Thompson. Barrington, who has suffered from amnesia, finds his memory returning slightly and he sets out on his mission of learning the truth about whether or not he really murdered his sweetheart and is actually insane. He goes to Los Angeles to visit his oldest-and-best friend, psychiatrist David Dunbar, who was a witness to Barrington's crime. Dunbar repeats his story to Barrington, convinces Barrington that he did commit the crime, and then betrays him to the police. However, Thompson, Connie Carter and others are not totally convinced of Barrington's guilt. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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6 April 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Dungeon  »

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| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Ezra Thompson: Before a bullet every man is equal, right as in the Constitution!
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Soundtracks

Summer Rains
Written by Sammy John DeFazio, Herschel Burke Gilbert (uncredited)
Charles Milton Daniel and Gilbert Hugh Hall
Sung by Mercedes McCambridge (dubbed by ?)
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Sort of a Noir, Sort of Ludicrous and Awful
4 November 2004 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

This weird item begins on a turkey farm. The farmer is a philosopher.

The movie is a turkey with pretensions of philosophical wisdom. Every line, virtually, is an epigram, but, though it was made around the same time, this sure ain't no "All About Eve."

The dialogue is like that of a mediocre off-off-Broadway play: full of meaning, full of -- well, something else.

The story is interesting enough. Nice guy framed by friend. Nice guy is, inexplicable at least in the surviving print, son of rich man. Decent men triumph and reveal the guilty party.

Among the other oddities is the casting of Mercedes McCambridge, a fine character actress, as the gorgeous dame. Gorgeous she ain't, though she turns in a game -- no, not gamy -- performance. She was a far better actress than, say, Cleo Moore, but surely someone more convincing was available.

The whole thing is entertaining but annoying. It could have stood on its own, minus the pretension that abounds.


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