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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 »
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Linear, standard 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)

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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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:
[first lines]
Whitney 'Cam' Cameron:Where is Polly Cameron's room?
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Soundtrack:
Nocturne op. 9 no.1 in B-flat minorSee more »

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17 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Linear, standard, 10 April 2003
Author: Robert J. Maxwell (rmax304823@yahoo.com) from Deming, New Mexico, USA

There was a kind of symbiosis between radio dramas and movies in the 1940s and early 1950s. Radio plays from programs like "Suspense" were made into movies (eg., "Where the Sidewalk Ends") and vice versa (eg., Lux Radio Theater). This movie sounds like it was made from such a radio drama, whether or not it was. A voiceover by Cotton carries the listener -- I mean the viewer -- along, explaining inner feelings that might be better shown than described, covering action that takes place between scenes, and so forth.

The plot is straightforward and I won't describe it. The cast is pretty respectable but they don't do their best here. The problem is with Stone's direction. It's rudimentary. Nothing of interest is added to the plot visually or by way of incidental events. The performers recite their lines as if reading them from cue cards. And some of the actors -- Gary Merrill's wife, for instance -- overact as if instructed to do so by Cecile B. DeMille, as if it were a silent movie.

All comparisons are odious, of course, but there is a lot of eating in this movie. Characters enter a restaurant or a friend's apartment, shake out their napkins, and sit down to eat -- whereupon Stone dissolves to the next scene, as if finding nothing of interest in the meal. One salivates at the thought of what Hitchcock would have done with this movie. In one of these meal scenes the characters stand around waiting for a table and discuss the mechanics and symptoms of strychnine poisoning. The dissolve is relentless. Can you imagine Hitchcock filming this? The character wouldn't even bring up poison until after they had made their first slice into the beef Wellington. (Poor Cotton is stuck in these dull scenes after having done one or two much more interesting ones in "Shadow of a Doubt.") Hitchcock would certainly have added some much-needed humor to this rather flat script.

The director's laxity is most apparent in the climactic scene in which two men sit around watching Jean Peters to see if she collapses. If she does, she's proven herself guilty of murder. They give her five minutes and they sit silently and observantly while she carries on about how unjust and insulting this whole trial process is. The director turns her into a nervous wreck during these critical five minutes -- smoking incessantly, sweating, her voice trembling -- so that we're never really in much doubt about whether she's been poisoned, that is whether she's guilty. A more careful director would have had her cool as a cucumber, righteously angry, distant and disdainful of her observers. A viewer would have felt uncertain and perhaps a little guilty of the way Peters is being treated. Well, Peters is guilty, but the charges should be dismissed and brought instead against director Stone.

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