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Charade (1953)

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A husband and wife discuss three incidents that occurred in various situations.

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The Murderer / Maj. Linden / Jonah Watson
Pamela Mason ...
The Artist / Pamela / Baroness Tanslan / Lilly
Scott Forbes ...
Capt. Stamm
Paul Cavanagh ...
Col. Heisler
Bruce Lester ...
Capt. van Buren
John Dodsworth ...
Lt. Meyerdorf
Judy Osborne ...
Dotty
Sean McClory ...
Jack Stuydevant
Vince Barnett ...
Berg
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A husband and wife discuss three incidents that occurred in various situations.

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A man will go far to find out about life and love... very far indeed!

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Star/co-writer Pamela Mason was married to co-star James Mason, and had formerly been married to director Roy Kellino. See more »

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The opening credits are shown on "sketchpad" paper. The closing credits are shown on a sketchpad, which is in book form and the pages automatically turn to reveal the next credits. See more »

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A well-acted suspense
17 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

I watched this on DVD as a bonus track to the Charade (1963, starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn). The James and Pamela Mason Charade(1953) is the main reason I bought the DVD because I have already watched the other Charade many times. I must say this is a very good production. Small budget it may be. Nevertheless, it offers as much suspense as the well-known Charade 1963.

This is a trio of unrelated short stories all starred by James and Pamela Mason. The Mason couple were there to introduce each short story and give comments after it, as if they were talking to each other in a living room. The first is a murder mystery of a divorced painter in Paris, followed by a duel with a twist between two 18th century Austrian Officers and last but not least, a man who is troubled by his wealth. The Masons acted well and the stories well-told. It is a pleasure to see, every once in a while, unsophisticated set and the plot and characters really in the spotlight. There are no distractions

  • colour, props, special effects, big stars. This could very well be a


stage play. The fact that James Mason produced and Pamela Mason wrote the stories lent authenticity and deep understanding to the movie. The Masons proved that they are talented, original thinkers who could bring their brainchild on screen competently.

Among the trio, I like the last one best. Murders and duels might have been too often repeated on screen. Something out of the ordinary as the third one keeps one guessing about its ending.

I strongly recommend the movie, if not for the acting, then for a tribute to the talents of James and Pamela Mason. 9/10


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