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Director:
Writers:
Ivan Goff (screenplay) and
Ben Roberts (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
27 July 1960 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
They touched...and an evil spark was struck! See more »
Plot:
After a married woman and her lover murder her cruel husband, they find themselves targeted by someone who is aware of their crime. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Lana and Company in Entertaining Melodrama See more (21 total) »

Cast

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Lana Turner ... Sheila Cabot

Anthony Quinn ... Dr. David Rivera

Richard Basehart ... Howard Mason

Sandra Dee ... Cathy Cabot

John Saxon ... Blake Richards

Ray Walston ... Cobb
Virginia Grey ... Miss Lee

Anna May Wong ... Tawny
Dennis Kohler ... Peter Cabot

Lloyd Nolan ... Matthew S. Cabot
Elizabeth Chan ... Chinese Dancer

John Wengraf ... Dr. Kessler
John McNamara ... Minister
George Womack ... Foreman
Paul Birch ... Detective Lieutenant
Robert P. Lieb (as Robert Lieb)
James Nolan ... Detective
Richard Norris ... Mr. Corbin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Bryan ... Patrolman (uncredited)
Harold Goodwin ... Patrolman (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Funeral Guest (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Sheila's Chauffeur (uncredited)
Henry S. Quan ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Charles P. Thompson ... Sid (uncredited)
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Directed by
Michael Gordon 
 
Writing credits
Ivan Goff (screenplay) and
Ben Roberts (screenplay)

Ivan Goff (based upon the play by) and
Ben Roberts (based upon the play by)

Produced by
Ross Hunter .... producer
 
Original Music by
Frank Skinner 
 
Cinematography by
Russell Metty (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Milton Carruth 
 
Art Direction by
Richard H. Riedel 
 
Set Decoration by
Julia Heron 
 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Del Armstrong .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Pat Westmore .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Edward Muhl .... in charge of production
Edward Dodds .... unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Bowles .... assistant director
Douglas Green .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
John Faltis .... props (uncredited)
Solly Martino .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Waldon O. Watson .... sound
Henry Wilkinson .... sound
Glenn E. Anderson .... sound (uncredited)
Tom Rennings .... sound (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Ted White .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Virgil Proctor .... best boy
George Dye .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ledge Haddow .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Carl Johnston .... grip (uncredited)
Rollie Lane .... still photographer (uncredited)
Max Nippell .... gaffer (uncredited)
Eddie Pyle .... camera operator (uncredited)
Walter Woodworth .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adene Henderson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Norman Mayries .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Viola Thompson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... music supervisor
Inez James .... composer: musical theme
Buddy Pepper .... composer: musical theme
 
Other crew
David Webb .... jewels
Leon Charles .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Jack Diamond .... publicity director (uncredited)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
Don Morgan .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Dolores Rubin .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
112 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (certificate #19622) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Trivia:
In the mid-1940's, this was announced as a project for Joan Crawford and James Mason.See more »
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Referenced in The Killing Floor (2007)See more »

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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Lana and Company in Entertaining Melodrama, 12 March 2008
Author: dglink from Alexandria, VA

Adultery, murder, blackmail, and Lana Turner, what more could one ask of a Ross Hunter production? Perhaps a good script, but that would spoil the fun. "Portrait in Black" will have lovers of camp in stitches at dialog that makes daytime soaps seem Shakespearean. The overwrought emoting and melodramatic scenes are often unintentionally funny, and the plot requires Olympian leaps to cross the credibility gaps.

Lana is having an affair with Anthony Quinn, the doctor who is attending her terminally ill husband, Lloyd Nolan, a shipping magnate. Nolan's company, Cabot Lines, is evidently quite successful, because Lana's daily expenditures on wardrobe, coiffures, and makeup would likely sink a ship. The couple's palatial San Francisco home is a Ross Hunter fantasy whose upkeep could sink yet another Cabot Line vessel. Nolan's daughter from a first marriage, Sandra Dee, evidently has her stepmother's taste in clothes and manicure, while the son from his marriage to Lana has to make do with a toy airplane. Throw in a greedy business associate played by Richard Basehart; Dee's suitor, John Saxon; a chauffeur, Ray Walston; and a housekeeper, Anna May Wong; and you have a delicious cast of potential suspects to populate an Agatha Christie mystery. However, "Portrait in Black" is not a whodunit, but rather a "who knows they dun it."

Lana is the ultimate drama queen, and she is in peak form. She suffers, she screams, she cries; she is the empress of high camp. Anthony Quinn, who should have read the script before he signed the contract, plays down to his part and seems to know he has had and will have better parts. Sandra Dee appears to be studying for future Lana Turner roles, while Walston and Wong play their parts with the necessary ambiguity to keep viewers guessing their secrets.

However, despite the overacting, bad writing, and soap opera direction, "Portrait in Black" is great fun for those who love their melodramas with big budgets and great style. Even the obligatory mirror smashing has been incorporated. The movie is enormously entertaining for its sometimes howlingly funny situations, absurd lines, and the sheer pleasure of watching Lana looking and emoting at her best.

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