Portrait in Black (1960)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheila Cabot
Dr. David Rivera
Howard Mason
Cathy Cabot
Blake Richards
Virginia Grey ...
Miss Lee
Dennis Kohler ...
Peter Cabot
Matthew S. Cabot
Elizabeth Chan ...
Chinese Dancer
Dr. Kessler
John McNamara ...
George Womack ...
Paul Birch ...
Detective Lieutenant


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 »


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

27 July 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Retrato en negro  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was based on a 1947 Broadway play, but in the film, all of the characters' names have been changed. See more »


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 »


Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 31 July 1960 (1960) See more »

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unintentionally hilarious
31 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is another one of my favorite camp movies, though I'm sure Ross Hunter didn't intend that. It's an opulent, big budget soaper with Lana Turner rich and glamorous in the lead, which guarantees us some nice clothes anyway. Her husband is the sickly Lloyd Nolan, and his doctor is Lana's boyfriend, played by Anthony Quinn. Quinn is just aching to put an air bubble in that hypodermic and knock off Nolan. The next thing you know, we're at Lloyd's funeral.

Of course, as soon as she's a widow, Lana has another gentleman caller, played by Richard Basehart, and she starts getting blackmail notes. Someone knows that Lloyd had some help going into the great beyond. Soon it's time for another murder...

Portrait in Black has some really funny scenes and situations in it. My favorite is when Lana's character, who never got her driver's license, has to drive 25 miles on the Pacific Coast Highway in the rain. It's a riot! John Saxon, Sandra Dee, Ray Walston, Anna Mae Wong, and Virginia Gregg are along for support. Dee plays Turner's daughter, which is good casting. If you like this kind of big-budget potboiler, don't miss Portrait in Black.

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