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A woman secretly suffering from kleptomania is hypnotized in an effort to cure her condition. Soon afterwards, she is found at the scene of a murder with no memory of how she got there and seemingly no way to prove her innocence.
Sherry Conley, a street tough and cynical woman with an unhappy family background, is taken from prison to a hotel, where the DA tries to convince her to testify against a mobster. Sherry ... See full summary »
Edward G. Robinson,
Mae Doyle comes back to her hometown a cynical woman. Her brother Joe fears that his love, fish cannery worker Peggy, may wind up like Mae. Mae marries Jerry and has a baby; she is happy but restless, drawn to Jerry's friend Earl.
Supermodel Vicki Lynn, whose face is seen everywhere, is murdered, and ace homicide cop Ed Cornell cuts his vacation short to take the case personally. In flashback we see how Vicki rose from ambitious waitress to big black headlines, courtesy of clever publicity man Steve Christopher. Now Cornell seems determined to get Christopher convicted in what begins to seem like a bizarre personal vendetta. Is Steve caught like a rat in a trap? Written by
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On Vicki's bedroom wall is a print of the painting "Pinkie" by Thomas Lawrence. In 1949 Jeanne Crain (Jill Lynn) starred in the movie Pinky (1949). See more »
Slug me with those, Cornell, and I'll square you off if it takes me the rest of my life.
Lt. Ed Cornell:
You're not gonna have a very long life, Stevie. You're like a rat in a box, without any holes. But they're gonna make a hole for you...six by three, filled with quicklime.
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Like most remakes, this one is a poor imitation of the original, primarily due to some unfortunate casting, especially in the choice of Elliot Reid in the role of Steve Christopher (originally Frankie Christopher, played by Victor Mature). Richard Conte might have been a better choice. There is virtually NO chemistry between Crain (who plays Jill, Vicki's sister) and Reid, which makes her desperation to prove Christopher innocent of Vicki's murder fall rather flat.
Although Boone makes a credible attempt at the 'obsessive creepiness' of Ed Cornell, it is certainly short of the outstanding performance of veteran 'creepy character' actor, Laird Cregar in the original.
The same can be said of the choice of Aaron Spelling (makes you see why he went into producing and gave up acting) as Harry Williams, played by Elisha Cook, Jr. in "I Wake Up Screaming".
All in all, not worth the time to watch this pale by comparison retread unless, like myself, you just want to make your own judgments on the differences between the two films.
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