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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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Trivia

Both Cary Grant and Gregory Peck were lined up to star at different points in pre-production. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the film, when Dr. Bailey attacks Nick and the two briefly fight, it's very obvious that the people seen fighting are stunt doubles. Nick's stunt double doesn't even have the same hair color. See more »

Quotes

Nick Bederaux: Life is short and the art long. Decision difficult, experiment perilous.
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Gaslight period suspenser with some effective moments
2 March 1999 | by enigma-19See all my reviews

At turn of century, George Brent encounters woman on train with whom he strikes up a conversation. Later in new york, he learned she has died suddenly. The details of her death bother him in light of some of their conversation. later he is taken to the home of her brother, a prominent doctor (Paul Lukas) and his beautiful wife (Hedy Lamarr) and son. At the party, Lukas voices concern about his wife's recent strange, and asks for Brent's help. Though Lamarr's performance is rather flat, perhaps deliberately so, Brent and Lukas give strong performances, and Tourneur's direction is effective as always. The film builds well to a strong finish.


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