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Andrew L. Stone (written by)
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Release Date:
September 1953 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
He kissed her into the most sacred confession a woman can make! See more »
Plot:
Whitney Cameron suspects his sister-in-law has poisoned his brother and niece, but without proof how does he prevent the murder of his nephew? Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Blueprint meets minimal production codes for suspense See more (27 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joseph Cotten ... Whitney 'Cam' Cameron

Jean Peters ... Lynn Cameron

Gary Merrill ... Fred Sargent

Catherine McLeod ... Maggie Sargent

Jack Kruschen ... Det.ective Lt. Harold Y. Cole
Barney Phillips ... Detective Capt. Pringle
Freddy Ridgeway ... Doug Cameron
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eugene Borden ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Herbert Butterfield ... Judge at Preliminary Hearing (uncredited)
Harry Carter ... Wheeler - Lynne's Chauffeur (uncredited)
Charles Collins ... Pesticide Seller (uncredited)
Pamela Duncan ... Nurse (uncredited)
Herbert Ellis ... First Detective at Desk (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Maggie's Friend at Club (uncredited)
Raymond Gray ... Waiter (uncredited)
Ed Hinton ... Ed - Detective (uncredited)
Jonathan Hole ... Dr. Stevenson (uncredited)
Ray Hyke ... Hospital Pharmacist (uncredited)
Guy Kingsford ... Detective (uncredited)
Don Kohler ... Ship's Officer (uncredited)
Herbert Lytton ... Ship's Doctor (uncredited)
Teddy Mangean ... Attendant (uncredited)

Mae Marsh ... Anna Swenson - Lynne's Housekeeper (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ... Ship's Cocktail Waiter (uncredited)
Joyce McCluskey ... Nurse Bobbie Brownell (uncredited)
Tyler McVey ... Police Lab Technician (uncredited)
George Melford ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Lynn's Lawyer (uncredited)
Grandon Rhodes ... Probate Judge James J. Adams (uncredited)
Walter Sande ... Dist. Atty. John J. Henderson (uncredited)
Marjorie Stapp ... Nurse (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Ship's Headwaiter (uncredited)
Charles Tannen ... Detective (uncredited)
Aline Towne ... Hospital File Clerk (uncredited)
Sally Yarnell ... Nurse (uncredited)
Carleton Young ... Ship's Det. Frank Connelly (uncredited)
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Directed by
Andrew L. Stone  (as Andrew Stone)
 
Writing credits
Andrew L. Stone (written by) (as Andrew Stone)

Original Music by
Leigh Harline (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Leo Tover 
 
Film Editing by
William B. Murphy 
 
Art Direction by
Albert Hogsett 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
 
Set Decoration by
Fred J. Rode 
 
Costume Design by
Charles Le Maire 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ad Schaumer .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
W.D. Flick .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
 
Music Department
Lionel Newman .... musical director
David Buttolph .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hugo Friedhofer .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Alfred Newman .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Franz Waxman .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
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77 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
The ship at sea is the same miniature model used for for Titanic (1953), which in turn was used for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and Dangerous Crossing (1953).See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: As an autopsy shows that Cam's brother had no strychnine in his body, it is not explained why he exhibited the exact same symptoms as his poisoned daughter.See more »
Quotes:
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Whitney 'Cam' Cameron:Where is Polly Cameron's room?
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Auld Lang SyneSee more »

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21 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Blueprint meets minimal production codes for suspense, 29 September 2002
Author: bmacv from Western New York

Blueprint for Murder is little more than a suspense-generating contraption, of which Alfred Hitchcock, applying his sadistic perversity, might have made a memorable meal. As it happens, Andrew Stone doesn't do too shabbily by it either, though it remains four-square and plot-driven. Part of his success is that he's abetted by an above-average cast which lifts it out of its mechanical origins.

Joseph Cotten returns to New York to visit his brother's second wife – and widow (Jean Peters); his timing proves inopportune, as his young niece goes into convulsions and dies in hospital. Cause of death remains a puzzler until a family attorney (Gary Merrill) reveals that Peters stands to benefit should both her stepchildren predecease her (a stepson may be next on her list). Though Cotten carries a small torch for Peters, his concern for the surviving son wins out, and an autopsy shows the girl died of strychnine poisoning. Peters ends up going to trial but is acquitted. Cotten, however, remains unconvinced, and, unbidden, joins Peters and his nephew on an ocean liner bound for Europe. He hopes to unearth the truth by means of trial by ordeal....

Surprisingly convincing, Peters takes on the role of a reserved society wife (as with most of Howard Hugues' `protegees,' she had more sides to her than the ones her Svengali wanted seen). As her housekeeper who also falls, albeit briefly, under suspicion, Mae Marsh turns up – the luminous star of D.W. Griffith's Judith of Bethulia, Birth of a Nation, and Intolerance (she was donning many a lace cap as a string of maids in this Indian Summer of her stardom).

Stone keeps the movie running along at a good clip and keeps tilting the ambivalence to the very end (Is Peters a wronged woman or a murderous monster? Does Cotten have a buried agenda of his own?). To be sure, certain coincidences and turns of plot don't bear prolonged scrutiny, but they're not allowed to become incapacitating lapses of logic, either. Blueprint for Murder meets the minimal production codes for suspense.

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