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Conflict (1945)

Passed | | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery | 30 June 1945 (USA)
An engineer trapped in an unhappy marriage murders his wife in the hope of marrying her younger sister.

Director:

Curtis Bernhardt

Writers:

Arthur T. Horman (screenplay), Dwight Taylor (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Humphrey Bogart ... Richard Mason
Alexis Smith ... Evelyn Turner
Sydney Greenstreet ... Dr. Mark Hamilton
Rose Hobart ... Kathryn Mason
Charles Drake ... Prof. Norman Holsworth
Grant Mitchell ... Dr. Grant
Patrick O'Moore ... Det. Lt. Egan (as Pat O'Moore)
Ann Shoemaker ... Nora Grant
Edwin Stanley Edwin Stanley ... Phillips (as Ed Stanley)
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Richard Mason is slightly hurt in a car accident but pretends that his injuries are worse so that he cannot accompany his wife, Kathryn on a trip to the mountains. He does, however, kill her on a lonely mountain road. Or did he? He smells her perfume, finds her jewelry, sees an envelope addressed in her handwriting. He goes back to the scene of the crime to find ... what? Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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SUSPENSE...SUSPICION...MAN-WOMAN DESIRES! (original print ad - all caps)


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Trivia

A figurine that resembles a Maltese falcon is displayed as an ornament on the top of the wooden filing cabinet in detective lieutenant Egan's office when Richard visits. A few years earlier, in 1941, Bogart and Greenstreet appeared together in the movie "The Maltese Falcon", a story revolving around the titular statuette. No reference to the bird is made in the dialogue of this movie. Although similar in appearance, this imitation has broader shoulders, a longer neck and slimmer head than the statuette used in the previous movie. But it does look very much like the version used in a poster for the earlier movie where hands are grasping for it and is clearly different in shape than what was actually used in the earlier movie. See more »

Goofs

In the mountains rain is suddenly on the windshield even though there's been none falling. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Mark Hamilton: At the university, I spend little time in teaching classes. A great deal in giving advice to individuals - distracted husbands, unhappy wives. Sometimes, I almost lose my belief in the existence of a happy marriage. Then I think of yours.
Kathryn Mason: We've been very fortunate.
Dr. Mark Hamilton: More than anyone expected five years ago, my dear. Oh ho, I guess it's quite safe now to tell you that I wouldn't have bet an old umbrella on your marriage lasting as much as a year. It's really a great tribute to you to have proved ...
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Connections

Edited into Tales from the Crypt: You, Murderer (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

How Sweet You Are
(uncredited)
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Played after Richard leaves the phone booth, talks to the operator and Dr. Hamilton, and out on the terrace
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a little "Gaslight," a little "Two Mrs. Carrolls," a whole lotta Bogie
11 June 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

This is an obvious though very entertaining film with a cast that includes the radiant Alexis Smith, Sydney Greenstreet, and of course, the star, Humphrey Bogart at his sinister best. He plays an unhappily married man who is in love with his wife's sister (Smith). Greenstreet is a friend of the family.

Considering the circumstances of his death, it's always disturbing to see Humphrey Bogart with cigarettes, and if he's not smoking in this, he's lining them up in his cigarette case.

Mystery loving audiences will pick up the all-important clue immediately. Whether you do or don't, it's hard not to enjoy the most standard of films with a cast like this. As an added kick, the film has a psychological feature to it, which started to become all the rage toward the end of WWII.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pentacle See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$774,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,635
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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