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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:
Synthetic melodrama is lots of eye candy for Lana's fans... 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)

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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Killing Floor (2007)See more »

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Synthetic melodrama is lots of eye candy for Lana's fans..., 4 January 2007
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

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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