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A Life in the Balance (1955)

Approved | | Thriller | 1 July 1955 (USA)
Antonio Gomez, a nearly down-and-out musician, is a widower with a young boy, Paco. Fighting to support his boy in the face of unemployment and neighbors who want custody of his son (... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Antonio Gómez
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María Ibinia
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The Killer
José Pérez ...
Paco Gómez (as Jose Perez)
Rodolfo Acosta ...
Lt. Fernando
Carlos Múzquiz ...
Capt. Saldana (as Carlos Muzquiz)
Jorge Treviño ...
Sergeant (as Jorge Trevino)
José Torvay ...
Andrés Martínez (as Jose Torvay)
Eva Calvo ...
Carla Arlota
Fanny Schiller ...
Carmen Martínez
Tamara Garina ...
Doña Lucrecia
Pascual García Peña ...
Porter (as Pascual G. Pena)
Tony Carbajal ...
Pedro (as Antonio Carbajal)
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Antonio Gomez, a nearly down-and-out musician, is a widower with a young boy, Paco. Fighting to support his boy in the face of unemployment and neighbors who want custody of his son (something that here in Mexico City they might just obtain), Gomez argues with an ex-girlfriend over money she owes him. After he leaves, the girlfriend is murdered by the religious-fanatic serial killer terrorizing the city. When neighbors report the argument Gomez had with the dead girl, the police presume they are finally on the hot trail of the serial killer, and Gomez is their target. Gomez goes out to a pawnshop to buy his son a long-dreamed-of guitar and there meets a young woman with whom he goes looking for his son. What Gomez does not realize is that a police dragnet is closing in on him and that his boy Paco actually witnessed this most recent murder and has been trailing the killer. It's not long, though, before the killer is trailing the boy. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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A killer with the cunning of a maniac. A little boy with the courage of a lion. See more »

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1 July 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Noite Conspira com a Morte  »

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This Is Not A Film Noir!
3 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film today and have to say that it was magnificent! I am responding here to earlier reviewers that obviously don't know what they are talking about. One reviewer from Canada states "El Stinko Noir!" well he obviously has no film taste! In an early film role for Ricardo Montalban he plays an out of work man in Mexico who smashed a music machine for printing out terrible music His son Paco seems to get around and finds "The Killer" played by Lee Marvin. Lee Marvin in this film hardly seems like a menacing or insane killer, but seems to have tendencies of insane behavior.

Anne Bancroft has never been lovelier, and seems to have a pedestrian role. For those who like Mexican cinema if you liked "Sombrero" you will love this film (*** out of ****) PS: This is not a film noir and anyone who thinks so is an idiot!!


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