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Director:
Writers:
Russ Bender (screenplay)
Hank McCune (story)
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Genre:
Tagline:
A Cheat At Heart From Her Painted Toes To Her Plunging Neckline!
Plot:
An out-of-work architect meets a married woman who has a business proposition for him. The architect begins to suspect the woman's interest in him is not just financial and may actually be deadly. | Add synopsis »
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Femme Fatale Angela Lansbury See more (15 total) »

Cast

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Angela Lansbury ... Doris Hillman
Keith Andes ... Edward Shaw

Douglass Dumbrille ... Gus Hillman
Claudia Barrett ... Madge Neilan

Jane Darwell ... Landlady
Gavin Gordon ... Sam Pearson
Charles Maxwell ... Lt. Hoff
William Henry ... Myles Norman
Kathleen Mulqueen ... Mary
Dan Sturkie ... Officer Biff
Jeane Wood ... Mabel, the maid
Robert Haver ... Mechanic

Directed by
Paul Guilfoyle 
 
Writing credits
Russ Bender (screenplay)

Hank McCune (story idea)

Produced by
A.C. Burger .... associate producer
Charles Maxwell .... executive producer
Hank McCune .... producer
 
Original Music by
Les Baxter (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Ted Allan (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Frank Sullivan 
 
Makeup Department
Hazel Keithley .... hair stylist
Bob Mark .... makeup artist (as Robert Mark)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marvin Stuart .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Robert Haver .... set designer
 
Sound Department
Stanford Houghton .... sound (as Stanford Haughton)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Beckett .... lighting
 
Music Department
Les Baxter .... musical director
 
Other crew
Maury Dexter .... dialogue supervisor
William E. Orr .... script supervisor (as William Orr)
 

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Also Known As:
"Key Man" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
78 min
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Quotes:
Sam Pearson:Oh, come now, Shaw. You're not the first man who lost his shirt. I don't mean literally, of course.See more »
Soundtrack:
Summer InterludeSee more »

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1 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Femme Fatale Angela Lansbury, 21 October 2013
Author: Aaron Igay

This film was so completely forgettable I can't think of anything to write about it less than 12 hours after watching. But since my current project is to write a review for every single classic film noir I will give it a go. I'm sorry but I just can't get into a film with Angela Lansbury as the romantic femme-fatale lead. Maybe a case of reverse typecasting? I couldn't get all her later matronly roles out of my head. There was even a suggestion we might just see her swimming in the buff in an early scene, but you needn't worry, it was just a tease. Not even the loungey Les Baxter score can save this one, even though it's available as a free download your time is worth far more.

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