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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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Noche en el alma See more »

Company Credits

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

Hedy Lamarr was on loan-out to RKO for this film. She'd make only one more film for MGM before leaving the studio in 1945, ending her 7-year contract. See more »

Goofs

George Brent rings a doorbell at street level, but when he steps through the door into his friend's apartment, they are on an upper floor. See more »

Quotes

Nick Bederaux: Life is short and the art long. Decision difficult, experiment perilous.
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Similar to Gaslight; worth a look anyway
9 September 2002 | by smatysiaSee all my reviews

Wow, Hedy Lamarr was so exquisitely beautiful in this film. I really must see some more of her films. There was an obvious similarity to "Gaslight" of the same year, and I wonder which film was released first. I enjoyed this film and recommend it. Grade: B


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