IMDb > A Life at Stake (1954)

A Life at Stake (1954) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 2 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
5.7/10   215 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 11% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Russ Bender (screenplay)
Hank McCune (story)
Contact:
View company contact information for A Life at Stake on IMDbPro.
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 »
NewsDesk:
User Reviews:
This job is killing me. See more (15 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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)
 

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Key Man" - USA (alternative title)
See more »
Runtime:
78 min
Country:
Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The unusual convertible Angela Lansbury drives is a Kaiser Darrin.See more »
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 »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
This job is killing me., 16 April 2006
Author: Spuzzlightyear from Vancouver

Interestingly thought out thriller here, with Angela Lansbury (one of my favorite 60's actresses) playing a seductress who may or may not be setting up her business partner to die just so she can collect on some life insurance they have put up for a business deal (don't ask, I'm not 100% sure of the logistics of it). Keith Andes, an actor who I've never heard of before, plays her would-be-victim. She of course plays up her sex to him, and Andes can't resist. Oh, and did I say Lansbury was married? Soon (well, actually, quite quickly) Andes wises up and tries to foil the plan, but Lansbury and husband have plan B's in place..

This was quite a tricky little thriller. It almost looks and seems like it once was a play at one time, what with it's dormitory sets, but the acting sure signs through. Lansbury is fabulous as usual, and I have no idea what became of Keith Andes, because he certainly had the looks and the acting chops to go a long way.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (15 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for A Life at Stake (1954)

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Glass House Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Milk Training Day Bullitt
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.