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
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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 »
In the mountains rain is suddenly on the windshield even though there's been none falling. See more »
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.
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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How Sweet You Are
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Played after Richard leaves the phone booth, talks to the operator and Dr. Hamilton, and out on the terrace See more »
a little "Gaslight," a little "Two Mrs. Carrolls," a whole lotta Bogie
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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