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Murder Can Be Deadly (1962)

The Painted Smile (original title)
Jo Lake and Mark Davies, working the "outraged husband" racket, fall foul of the sinister Kleinie. Jo, all for quitting, is persuaded by Mark to find one more victim before they leave and ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Liz Fraser ...
Jo Lake
Kenneth Griffith ...
Kleinie
Peter Reynolds ...
Mark
Tony Wickert ...
Tom
Craig Douglas ...
Nightclub singer
Nanette Newman ...
Mary
Ray Smith ...
Glynn
...
Roy
Harold Berens ...
Mikhala
Grazina Frame ...
Lucy
Richard McNeff ...
Police Inspector
Gerald Sim ...
Plain Clothes Policeman
Rosemary Chalmers ...
Gloria
Mia Karam ...
Dawn
Terence Maidment ...
1st Henchman
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Jo Lake and Mark Davies, working the "outraged husband" racket, fall foul of the sinister Kleinie. Jo, all for quitting, is persuaded by Mark to find one more victim before they leave and quit. She goes to the club where she operates and persuades a very-drunk young student, Tom, who has just won a hundred pounds, to go back to her flat. Mark, hiding there, hears footsteps mounting the stairs, but instead of Jo, the ugly, crippled Kleinie appears and coldly and callousy stabs Mark, leaving the body in Jo's bedroom. When she arrives with Tom, Kleinie phones and tells her to look in her bedroom. Jo tells Tom that the police will blame him and she persuades him to get his car and dispose of the body. Still somewhat drunk, his erratic driving causes him to be stopped by the police. Tom escapes. His friends, Glynn and Roy call on his fiancée, Mary, after reading in the paper about the body found in his car and that the police are after him. Tom arrives and his two friends set out to find ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The role of nightclub singer, played by Craig Douglas, was originally offered to The Beatles, but they were rejected by the producer, who thought they were too young. See more »

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Composed by Norrie Paramor
Lyrics by Bunny Lewis & Michael Carr
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Liz Fraser aims to take Tom Wickert for a small sum, but murder intervenes
29 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Painted Smile" is a low-level brit noir, somewhat below par for its class but having some energy and plusses. It's suitable for noir enthusiasts and completists who see merit in almost any crime story of this type or who want their curiosity satisfied about these obscure films. Other viewers, if critical, are likely to see it as pretty tame and mundane stuff, with implausible plot holes and undeveloped.

Peter Reynolds and Liz Fraser work a shakedown con where Fraser picks up men and Reynolds plays the outraged husband. Kenneth Griffith is after Reynolds with deadly intent. These three actors provide the movie with its best moments. Reynolds and Griffith always do good work. Other plusses include some good noir photography and Liz Fraser seen at length in a black slip. When Griffith knifes Reynolds to death, the young student (Tom Wickert) whom Fraser has brought back to the apartment gets involved. When Fraser finds Reynolds dead, she manipulates the drunken Wickert into disposing of the body. The next day he and his friends set about finding Fraser, who is gone. One of his friends is a slim David Hemmings, four years before "Blow-Up". The whole movie runs 56 minutes and 27 seconds.

I rather liked this movie, but then I'm a big noir fan and have made a point of checking out non-American noirs.


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