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September 1953 (USA) See more »
He kissed her into the most sacred confession a woman can make! See more »
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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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)
Art Flavin ... Waiter (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)
Julian Upton ... Detective (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)
Crew believed to be complete

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77 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

Also the interiors of the dining room and staircase on the ship were from the same movies.See more »
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 »
[first lines]
Whitney 'Cam' Cameron:Where is Polly Cameron's room?
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Movie Connections:
Nocturne op. 9 no.1 in B-flat minorSee more »


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Poison is hard to detect and harder to prove, 16 April 2012
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Joseph Cotten and Jean Peters star in A Blueprint For Murder a nice tight noir thriller for 20th Century Fox. This film starts with the death of Cotten's niece and Peters stepdaughter. Despite some major flaws the film does proceed to a tension building climax.

For one thing the fact that a healthy 17 year old girl dying suddenly and mysteriously would have set off alarm bells. My 34 year old sister who died suddenly and of natural causes had an immediate autopsy ordered by the New York City Medical Examiner. It's no different in Los Angeles and that would have shown the strychnine poisoning. Cotten would have had to do nothing to get the investigative ball rolling.

But the premise here is that murder by poison is hard to detect and more difficult to prove. People have accidentally taken poison all the time. Even with a lack of evidence Cotten persuades the District Attorney to bring an indictment and it's thrown out of court due to lack of evidence. That's the second flaw in this film, double jeopardy should have attached to Peters.

Still Cotten persists and the film comes to a climax with he and Peters in a duel of nerves. What Cotten does is take one long chance with his own freedom to prove Peters guilty of murder. What he does is something you see A Blueprint For Murder.

I can't forgive the bad writing and faulty legal premises on which this film rests. Still it is enjoyable on its own level.

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