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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:
Pretty, And Not-So-Pretty Poison 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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Runtime:
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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25 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Pretty, And Not-So-Pretty Poison, 12 February 2008
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

Most of this movie is a "did-she-or-didn't-she-do it?" story. Two family members have been poisoned and it looks like the mother, "Lynne Cameron" (Jean Peters) is the killer, but it's hard to prove. As the film goes on, one has more and more doubts whether she did it. Perhaps the innocent-sounding "Uncle Cam" (Joseph Cotten) is the killer. Hmmmm.....which one is it? Was it the pretty Peters or Cotten?

For most of the short movie, it was entertaining. It began to drag a bit in the last third but the film, since it is short, should keep your interest enough to find out who's the killer and how she-or-he did it.

I agree with those posters who felt the ending was a bit disappointing. I was looking for something a little more clever than was presented.

I'd also liked to have seen more scenes with the two supporting actors: Catherine McLeod and Gary Merrill. Both actors were fascinating. McLeod played "Maggie Sargent," the first character in here to suspect foul play after a child's death. Merrill played her husband, "Fred." He also was "Cam's" lawyer.

McLeod is deceptively good-looking and I wish I could see more things she did, but her IMDb resume indicates she mainly acted on television in the 1950s.

Overall, this is definitely worth one viewing. It is usually worth seeing the sexy Peters in her prime before she went into retirement a few years later. She did four films in 1953 and three more the next year, several of them being good film noirs ("Pickup On South Street" and "Niagara.")

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