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Portrait in Black (1960)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  27 July 1960 (USA)
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After a married woman and her lover murder her cruel husband, they find themselves targeted by someone who is aware of their crime.

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Sheila Cabot
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Dr. David Rivera
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Howard Mason
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Cathy Cabot
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Blake Richards
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Cobb
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Miss Lee
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Tawny
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Peter Cabot
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Matthew S. Cabot
Elizabeth Chan ...
Chinese Dancer
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Dr. Kessler
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Minister
George Womack ...
Foreman
Paul Birch ...
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Storyline

Lana Turner and Anthony Quinn are lovers who murder Lana's cruel, but wealthy husband, played by Lloyd Nolan. Since Quinn is her husband's physician, the murder is easily committed, but blackmail, guilt and suspicion are the unanticipated results. Written by Jeanne Armintrout <jeannee@uwyo.edu>

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They touched...and an evil spark was struck! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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27 July 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Retrato en negro  »

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1.85 : 1
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This marked the third and final onscreen teaming of Sandra Dee and John Saxon. Over 30 years later they would co-star in the play "Love Letters". See more »

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When Miss Lee approaches Cathy and Blake the restaurant, Blake is holding a cup in his right hand and places it down. In the next shot, he's holding the cup in his left hand and puts it down again. See more »

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Synthetic melodrama is lots of eye candy for Lana's fans...
4 January 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

The plot outline of PORTRAIT OF BLACK makes it sound like it would have been a great '40s melodrama for someone like Barbara Stanwyck, who might have given it the grittier touch it needs to succeed as a suspenseful piece about blackmail and murder. But Ross Hunter has given it a luxurious look, filling it with lavish sets and some stunning costumes for LANA TURNER to wear as she and ANTHONY QUINN conspire to kill her obnoxious husband LLOYD NOLAN.

The cast too is full of glamorous Hollywood names--SANDRA DEE, JOHN SAXON, RICHARD BASEHART, VIRGINIA GREY, RAY WALSTON and ANNA MAY WONG. No expense has been spared to give the story whatever production values Hunter could throw at it, including a score by Frank Skinner (who did the music for Turner's MADAME X).

But nothing hides the fact that it's just a routine tale of a plan to commit the perfect murder that backfires in time for the sort of ending Hollywood demanded for its killers, even if they were stars of Turner's caliber.

Lana did better work earlier in her career than she does here, but she looks gorgeous and SANDRA DEE (as her step-daughter) gets to wear some nifty outfits too. It's eye candy for Turner fans, but if it's solid entertainment you're looking for, this is only passable. Even ANTHONY QUINN looks a bit uncomfortable in his underwritten role.


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