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Backlash (1947)

Passed | | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery | 1 March 1947 (USA)
A man tries to frame his wife for a murder that he has committed.

Director:

Eugene Forde

Writers:

Irving Elman (original story), Irving Elman (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Rogers ... Catherine Morland
Richard Travis ... Richard Conroy
Larry J. Blake ... Det. Lt. Jerry McMullen (as Larry Blake)
John Eldredge ... John Morland
Leonard Strong ... The Stranger / Willis - the Caretaker
Robert Shayne ... James O'Neil
Louise Currie ... Marian Gordon
Douglas Fowley ... Red Bailey
Sara Berner ... Dorothy - the Maid
Richard Benedict ... Det. Sgt. Tom Carey
Wynne Larke Wynne Larke ... Patricia McMullen
Susan Klimist Susan Klimist ... Maureen McMullen
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Storyline

A body, believed to be that of a criminal lawyer, sends the police hunting for the killer. The lawyer's wife, his partner, and an ex-convict are, in turn, suspected of the crime. But the body was incorrectly identified, and the lawyer is still alive. He murders his partner and is planning on killing his wife. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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ONE LAST KISS...THE KISS OF DEATH! (original print ad-all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pecado mortal See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Catherine Morland (Jean Rogers) drives a 1941 Buick; detectives McMullen and Carey (Larry J. Blake & Richard Benedict) drive a 1941 Ford. See more »

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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Spoofed in Hare Do (1949) See more »

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Good Noir from Fox
5 January 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This is a lightweight noir from 20th Century Fox's B division -- competent players, no major stars, Eugene Forde directing, with a nicely tangled plot. John Eldredge is dead and the obvious suspects are his wife, Jean Rogers, and his his business partner, Robert Shayne. His doctor reports he's been dosed with poison a couple of times, but he has not reported it at Eldredge's insistence, and Shayne owed him a lot of money. But there are some complicating factors and as cops Richard Benedict and Larry Blake follow the clues, the district attorney takes an interest. Is that actually Eldredge's corpse?

Fox would shut down B production the next year -- Sol Wurtzel, the division head, was almost universally despised as a vulgarian, and only the fact that his movies always made money kept him in business. However, the long post-war downturn in movie-going was starting, and Wurtzel would retire in 1948.


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