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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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Russ Bender (screenplay)
Hank McCune (story)
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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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78 min
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Did You Know?

The unusual convertible Angela Lansbury drives is a Kaiser Darrin.See more »
Gus Hillman:Four closets full of clothes and all she ever wears is a bathing suit.See more »
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5 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Tepid potboiler that is almost good, 10 June 2008
Author: GManfred from Ramsey, NJ

Honest, I tried very hard to like this one. It came in a Film Noir DVD collection with several pictures I had never seen, or even heard of - this was one of those.

The plot was fair-to-middling and Angela Lansbury was, in current phraseology, a hottie. I didn't know Keith Andes could act as well as he did in this one - I had seen him when I was younger in the '50's in some action pictures and he didn't make an impression. Pacing was not good and I found myself checking my watch several times - it was made on the cheap and it shows in several areas.

Long story short, if you are confined to quarters or laid up in traction, this picture will kill 75 minutes for you. If you're looking for a real recommendation to see it, 'fraid not.

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