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A Life at Stake -- 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.


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Russ Bender (screenplay)
Hank McCune (from a story idea by)
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19 September 1955 (UK) See more »
A Cheat At Heart From Her Painted Toes To Her Plunging Neckline!
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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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 (from a story idea by)

Produced by
Andy C. Burger .... associate producer (as A.C. Burger)
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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78 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

When Shaw gets into a taxi after leaving his office, in the background is visible the old Sunset Theater, which was located on Western Ave. just north of Sunset Blvd. "Julius Caesar" with Marlon Brando is playing. The theater no longer exists; the intersection has been redeveloped.See more »
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 »
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28 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
low budget quality film, 19 April 2004
Author: non_sportcardandy from california

Just viewed this film tonight for the first time.The basic plot is that the main character(keith andes) is concerned that some near accidents are attempts to do him in for $175,000 worth of life insurance.That is still a good amount of money today but in 1954 when this film was made it was near a fortune.Previously I read the main character was a husband,not so,he is single and concerned a husband and wife are trying to put him in an early grave.The plot is not really deep nor is the ending a great big surprise.What puts the movie over are the quality performances in this black and white drama.Not to often have I viewed the t v program "murder she wrote" but have seen Angela Lansbury in a few old movies,as in this one she shows a lot of talent.Her part is a seductive one and she does it well lounging around or near the swimming pool all day long.The target of her charms is Edward Shaw(Keith Andes).Her husband is played by Douglass Dumbrille a fine character actor with many screen credits.I have been a fan of his since seeing him play the pirate Israel Hands in the 1934 version of Treasure Island.He is so talented it's hard to believe it's the same actor in both these movies.The kid sister of Angela Lansbury is played well by Claudia Barrett,one year earlier Claudia was seen in the infamous "robot monster".Whatever happened to Claudia?Jane Darwell plays the part of the landlady,she gave a strong performance as the mother of Henry Fonda in "grapes of wrath".A good cast,big overcoats,shiny big cars(they called them boats back then)and a lot of other things made this movie enjoyable for me.

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