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Director:
Writers:
Russ Bender (screenplay)
Hank McCune (story)
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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
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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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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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Unambitious but adequate, 16 September 2009
Author: dinky-4 from Minneapolis

The advantage of these compact, black-and-white "B" movies is that they usually tell a no-frills story in straightforward fashion without any padding or detours. "A Life at Stake" generally fits within these guidelines but it stumbles a bit in the second half because its script doesn't seem to have a firm grasp on the Angela Lansbury character. How does she regard the Keith Andes character? Is he just a potential source of money for her, or does she come to develop such a "crush" on him that she's forced to reconsider her plans? The movie doesn't seem clear on this point which causes its final reel to seem contrived and a bit unfocused compared to what's gone before. Few will be disappointed, however, since expectations for this kind of movie tend to be on the low side.

It's surprising but not unsatisfying to find Angela Lansbury playing a "bad girl," and fans of Keith Andes will be pleased to find that the opening scene of the movie features him in full bare-chest mode. Has any other actor, (except for Harry Hamlin), ever displayed such an impressive set of male nipples?

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