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Strange Fascination (1952)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Music | September 1952 (USA)
Middle-aged European pianist Paul Marvan (Hugo Haas)is brought to America by wealthy widow Diana Fowler (Mona Barrie)and he meets and weds a canary-blonde named Margo (Cleo Moore), who is a... See full summary »

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Margo
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Paul Marvan
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Diana Fowler
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Carlo
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June Fowler
Marc Krah ...
Shiner
Geneviève Aumont ...
Yvette
Pat Holmes ...
Walter Fowler (as Patrick Holmes)
Maura Murphy ...
Mary
Brian O'Hara ...
Douglas
Anthony Jochim ...
Investigator
Ross Thompson ...
Dr. Thompson (as Dr. Ross Thompson)
Maria Bibikov ...
Nurse
Gayne Whitman ...
Mr. Lowell
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Mr. Frim
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Middle-aged European pianist Paul Marvan (Hugo Haas)is brought to America by wealthy widow Diana Fowler (Mona Barrie)and he meets and weds a canary-blonde named Margo (Cleo Moore), who is a nightclub dancing partner to Carlo (Rick Vallin). Margo's trampy and flirty behavior inflames Marvan, who is also disturbed over increasing financial and professional straits, since Diana, his wealthy "sponsor" who was more a little perturbed when Marvan married the little tramp. He thrusts one hand into a printing press in hopes of collecting $50,000 insurance, but payment is refused when it is disclosed his accident wasn't an accident. Margo returns to Carlo, and Marvan finds refuge in a Salvation Army shelter, now playing the piano with one hand. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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He couldn't let her alone ... Wait till you feel her.

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Drama | Film-Noir | Music

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1.37 : 1
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When Margo calls Paul from a phone booth, the exchange "Hollywood" is clearly visible on the dial, even though the scene takes place in New York City. See more »

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Worth it only for Cleo Moore
28 May 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was drawn to this by the 'pulp' artwork on the poster, the fact that it was from the same director of 'Pickup' and the fact it starred, Cleo Moore. Hugo Haas, wrote, directed, produced and starred in half a dozen films with the Jean Harlow like, Moore and this was the first.

The previous year he had made the superior 'Pickup' with Beverly Michaels and the final Moore film would be the effective 'Hit and Run'. This, however, is not very spirited at all and indeed is most predictable. Haas plays the naive concert pianist who falls for the younger woman while his sponsor lady (same age as he) becomes less keen.

Worth it only for Cleo Moore and still a bit of a drag.


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