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Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 14 October 1946 (Sweden)
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A married woman and a drifter fall in love, then plot to murder her husband.

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Harry Ruskin (screen play), Niven Busch (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lana Turner ... Cora Smith
John Garfield ... Frank Chambers
Cecil Kellaway ... Nick Smith
Hume Cronyn ... Arthur Keats
Leon Ames ... Kyle Sackett
Audrey Totter ... Madge Gorland
Alan Reed ... Ezra Liam Kennedy
Jeff York ... Blair
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Storyline

Nick Smith, the middle-aged proprietor of a roadside restaurant, hires drifter Frank Chambers as a handyman. Frank eventually begins an affair with Nick's beautiful wife Cora, who talks Frank into helping her kill Nick, by "accident." But the best laid plans...... Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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James M. Cain's sultry novel of love and violence! See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1946 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Bar-B-Q See more »

Filming Locations:

Laguna Beach, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,683,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$8,330,000, 31 December 1946

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,086,000, 31 December 1946
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to Lana Turner, James M. Cain, author of the novel, invited her to lunch at Romanoff's and confessed he often imagined her as the perfect Cora. See more »

Goofs

14 minutes into the movie, when Frank Chambers and Cora Smith begin dancing to a rumba record that Nick Smith puts on the jukebox -- as the pair are slowly dancing towards screen-left, Lana Turner's face breaks-up suddenly into a huge broad smile. Her eyes are looking into John Garfield's' the whole time. Turner tries to control herself as they move into a shadow, but by the time she comes out of the shadow she is obviously laughing at something that John Garfied has either whispered, or maybe a face that he has pulled at her [as the back of his head is towards the camera we do not know for sure?]. But Lana was definitely not supposed to be laughing because in the next cut the pair both have extremely serious faces again. See more »

Quotes

Cora Smith: It's my wedding present to him, but the way he wears it, you'd think it was a noose around his neck.
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Ending credits are shown over the hardcover book of the same name. See more »

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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Soundtracks

She's Funny That Way
(1928) (uncredited)
Music by Neil Moret
Lyrics by Richard A. Whiting
Played on guitar and Sung by Cecil Kellaway
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A solid murder mystery with star power
7 February 2004 | by NewEnglandPatSee all my reviews

Lana Turner and John Garfield are great in this classic tale of deception and murder and its hard to imagine that another actress, save Barbara Stanwyck or Joan Crawford, could have played the role of the wayward wife as well as did Turner. Cecil Kellaway has a thankless role and it's hard to believe that he was as clueless as he was about the fires burning around him as Turner and Garfield carry on their affair. Kellaway seems more preoccupied with pinching pennies than noticing how his young, attractive wife is bursting with sexual energy. Turner is as beautiful as ever but she and Kellaway don't make a credible married couple. Hume Cronyn is good as the smug attorney but the courtroom drama is a bit of a letdown. Garfield brings a restless energy to his role and matches Turner's smoldering sexuality.


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