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July 1951 (USA) See more »
They tried to draw the line .............. just this side of MURDER ! See more »
A lawyer for a rich elderly industrialist works out a complex inheritance scam to pass off a con as the industrialist's long-lost son and claim the huge inheritance. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Edmond O'Brien ... Michael "Lefty" Farrell

Lizabeth Scott ... Brandy Kirby

Terry Moore ... Kathy McIntyre

Alexander Knox ... Vincent Mailer
Griff Barnett ... William McIntyre
Robert Anderson ... Todd
Virginia Brissac ... Maida McIntyre
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jessie Arnold ... Woman at Phone Booth (uncredited)
Kathryn Card ... Bingo Woman (uncredited)

Claire Carleton ... Minnie Mitt (uncredited)
Louis Jean Heydt ... Chief Petty Officer (uncredited)
J.M. Kerrigan ... Father Lanahan (uncredited)
James Kirkwood ... Ben (uncredited)
Al Murphy ... Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
Emory Parnell ... First Deputy (uncredited)
Blackie Whiteford ... Man at Police Station (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry Levin 
Writing credits
Lawrence Kimble (screen play) &
James Gunn (screen play)

James Edward Grant (from a story by)

Produced by
William Dozier .... producer
Original Music by
George Duning 
Cinematography by
Burnett Guffey 
Film Editing by
Charles Nelson 
Art Direction by
Walter Holscher 
Set Decoration by
Louis Diage 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis (gowns)
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Nelson .... assistant director
Sound Department
Frank Goodwin .... sound engineer
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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75 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Belgium:16 | Finland:K-16 | USA:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #15006)
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Look me up Snow White, don't forget to look me up., 13 February 2013
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

Two of a Kind is directed by Henry Levin and written by James Edward Grant, James Gunn and Lawrence Kimble. It stars Edmond O'Brien, Lizabeth Scott, Terry Moore, Alexander Knox, Griff Barnett, Robert Anderson and Virginia Brissac. Music is by George Duning and cinematography by Burnett Guffey.

Plot has O'Brien, Scott and Knox try to con a rich old couple that their son, who disappeared when he was three, has resurfaced in the older body of O'Brien. Thus they hope to get the $10 million inheritance due to the heir upon the death of the parents…

It all starts so very well, Scott's sultry blonde hunts out O'Brien's shady player to do a major con and he falls for her feminine whiles hook line and sinker, even agreeing to have his little finger mangled in a car door for the con cause. Sadly this is where the picture falls apart and unfurls in a lightweight manner.

Interesting possibilities are ignored, such as Moore's sprightly niece character who likes to straighten out bad men (it ends up playing as something that should be in a Cary Grant screwball) and a murderous plot that threatens to make the ending more lively (by this time the O'Brien/Scott pairing has become sickly nice), to leave us with what turns out to be a quite repugnant ending.

Guffey's black and white photography is crisp but just like the film itself, it really isn't noir at all. Levin and the cast try hard, but saddled with an unadventurous screenplay it rounds out as a minor B movie of little substance. 5/10

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