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Portrait in Black (1960)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 23 August 1960 (UK)
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:
Howard Mason
Miss Lee
Dennis Kohler ...
Peter Cabot
Elizabeth Chan ...
Chinese Dancer
Dr. Kessler
John McNamara ...
George Womack ...
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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:

23 August 1960 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Retrato en negro  »


Box Office


$1,400,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,200,000, 31 December 1964
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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 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 »


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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Suffering in Pacific Heights....
16 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

Poor Lana Turner is forced to wear Jean Louis gown after Jean Louis gown in this picture, a veritable sea of sequins. To add insult to injury, she is kept like a bird in a gilded cage in her magnificent Pacific Heights mansion. Her lover (Anthony Quinn) lives only a couple of blocks away, but in order to tryst with him, she must first go down to Union Square and pretend to shop at the old I. Magnin store (now Macy's), then take a cab back out to Divisadero - very inconvenient. An uncommonly silly movie, but great set decoration and use of locations. If you ever come to visit San Francisco, you can see the house that Lana, Sandra and Lloyd lived in; it's at the corner of Broadway and Baker, just about the ritziest neighborhood in town, natch....enjoy!

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