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Experiment Perilous (1944)

In 1903, a doctor suspects murder in the gothic Bederaux family.

Director:

Jacques Tourneur

Writers:

Warren Duff (screenplay), Margaret Carpenter (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Hedy Lamarr ... Allida Bederaux
George Brent ... Dr. Huntington Bailey
Paul Lukas ... Nick Bederaux
Albert Dekker ... Clag
Carl Esmond ... Maitland
Olive Blakeney ... Cissie
George N. Neise ... Alec
Margaret Wycherly ... Maggie
Stephanie Bachelor ... Elaine
Mary Servoss ... Miss Wilson
Julia Dean ... Deria
William Post Jr. ... District Attorney
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Storyline

In 1903, Dr. Bailey meets a very strange woman on a train, then hears that she has died under mysterious circumstances. Through a friend, he becomes acquainted with the Bederaux family, all of whom seem to be neurotic and secretive; but the beauty of Alida Bederaux draws him into their circle...deeper than he'd planned. Who's in danger from whom? Who's crazy? Who can fathom the obscure motivations? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Perilous to Love!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Noche en el alma See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When Hunt is about to meet Nick (Paul Lukas) he encounters a row of aquariums. He comments to his companion, Clag, "Looks like something out of Jules Verne". In 1954, Paul Lukas would play Professor Aronnax in Disney's, "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)." See more »

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In the long shot when the principals go in to dinner, the butler is seen closing the door. The next shot, a medium, shows the butler closing the door again. See more »

Quotes

Nick Bederaux: Life is short and the art long. Decision difficult, experiment perilous.
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Similar to Gaslight
5 October 2008 | by MaleejandraSee all my reviews

Dr. Huntington Bailey is on a train trip when he meets Cissie Bederaux (Olive Blakeney), a nervous woman who reaches out to him. At first he thinks she might be mentally unstable, but he soon learns the truth. She explains that she is the sister of the famous Nick Bederaux (Paul Lukas) about whom she is writing a book. She asks Bailey if he would help her arrange her hotel stay when they reach their destination. He agrees.

It is not to be, however. Cissie dies of a heart condition and her belongings are sent to her brother, all except her writing materials. Bailey meets the Bederauxs, Nick and his unusual wife Allida (Hedy Lamarr). She has many admirers and a lovely home, but she seems sad somehow. Nick quickly engages Bailey to study his wife, secretly of course, but what he finds is not what he originally suspects.

There are some interesting moments in this film, especially toward the end, but the story goes along predictably. It is very similar to Gaslight, a film with Ingrid Bergman which is considerably better remembered. George Brent is not an impressive leading man. He is adequate in his part, but he is not overly charming or attractive to make him very memorable.


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