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Stolen Identity (1953)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir | 15 September 1958 (Sweden)
A jealous concert pianist murders his wife's lover, then frames an innocent taxi driver for the crime.

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(as Gunther Fritsch)

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(screen play), (novel)
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Credited cast:
Donald Buka ...
Toni Sponer
Joan Camden ...
Karen Manelli
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Claude Manelli
Adrienne Gessner ...
Mrs. Fraser
Inge Konradi ...
Marie
Gisela Wilke ...
Old Doll
Hermann Erhardt ...
Ferdl Heintl
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Kruger (as E. von Jordan)
Manfred Inger ...
Inspector
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Waiter
Louis Ousted ...
Jack Mortimer
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A jealous concert pianist murders his wife's lover, then frames an innocent taxi driver for the crime.

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SUSPENSE REACHES TERRIFYING TENSION (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Unknown suspense tale in Vienna has a film noir look...
9 May 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

There's a "Third Man" look to the shadowy B&W photography of STOLEN IDENTITY, a thriller produced by Turhan Bey, ex-star of Universal pictures during the '40s. It's an expertly filmed tale of jealousy that leads to murder when a famous pianist (FRANCIS LEDERER) becomes overly possessive of his wife (JOAN CAMDEN) and is soon intent on carrying out a scheme to murder a man she's having an affair with.

A taxi-driver (DONALD BUKA) happens to be giving the woman's lover a lift to the hotel when he steps outside a moment to chat with a worker digging up the street. Lederer uses the sound of the drill to muffle the sound of the bullet he puts in the head of the passenger from outside the back of the car. When Buka returns to his cab, he finds a dead man in the passenger seat.

Enroute to report the murder to the police, he changes his mind and decides to switch identities with the dead man who has an American passport which means Buka could realize his ambition to return to the United States. The stolen identity plot becomes thicker when the man's girlfriend (Lederer's wife) shows up at the hotel to accuse Buka of impersonating the dead man.

It's the sort of plot movie-goers have probably seen countless times, but it gets a nice workout here, with plenty of tense scenes as Buka and Lederer's wife plan how to run from the authorities until a final confrontation with the murderer and the police.

It's extremely absorbing, well done and holds the interest throughout with some excellent atmospheric photography of Vienna that will remind most movie-goers of "The Third Man".

Well worth viewing.


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