Two orphans, Polly and Doug, live with their stepmother Lynne; Polly collapses with the same mystery symptoms that killed her father. The kids' visiting uncle, Whitney Cameron, is warned that the symptoms match strychnine poisoning, but that poisoners are seldom detected and rarely convicted. Sure enough, no case can be made against the obvious suspect; so what can Whitney do to save the next victim? Written by
Rod Crawford <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The notion of a woman's poisoning not only her husband but also two children must have been shocking in 1953. Today it is all too commonplace.
Did Jean Peters do this or did she not: That is the subject of this very exciting movie. Joseph Cotten is Peters's brother-in-law. He gives a cool, calm performance, those this grand Hollywood diction is annoying. (This was by no means limited to him. Few big stars escaped it when the big studios ruled.) Peters is very good, also, as is the supporting cast.
In a way this is a companion piece to "Dangerous Crossing." It too takes place, in good part, on an ocean liner. They are equally exciting, though the premise of this is uniquely shocking. This has the punch of such Jacobean tragedy as "The Duchess of Malfi."
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