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A Life at Stake -- A plot that revolves around an elicit affair, mysterious "accidents and events" and the idea that there is a plot to kill the main character for his insurance.

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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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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
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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Runtime:
78 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The unusual convertible Angela Lansbury drives is a Kaiser Darrin.See more »
Quotes:
Mabel, the maid:You better call out when you get to the guest house. Sometimes she swims in the nude.
Edward Shaw:Don't worry about it. So do I.
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Soundtrack:
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1 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
The (flat) belly of the architect, 10 July 2014
Author: xisca-pap from Barcelona

Boring with poor script, direction and acting.

The storyline is not engaging. The main characters are both uninteresting and miscast. Lansbury is not a femme fatale and Andes is entirely unconvincing. He supposedly is a promising architect, but his daily activity and his physique resemble that of a prison inmate.

There are some bizarre and unintentionally funny moments too, e.g the dance in the club with Lansbury's sister where in the middle of May he is dressed (inside the club!) with heavy coat and she with a strapless!

I am a huge fan if the era, but this one will bore even the most enthusiastic

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