6.5/10
148
6 user 6 critic

The Guilty (1947)

Approved | | Film-Noir, Mystery | 22 March 1947 (USA)
Two guys, sharing an apartment, meet twin girls (both Bonita Granville). One's sweet, the other a major piece of bad news. The nice one is murdered and her boyfriend is accused of the crime. The wrong man-wrong victim plot strikes again.

Director:

John Reinhardt

Writers:

Robert Presnell Sr. (screenplay), Cornell Woolrich (story "He Looked Like Murder")
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

High Tide (1947)
Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A fast-moving automobile fails to make a sharp turn of the highway from Malibu to Los Angeles. It overturns and its occupants, Tim Slade, Newspaper man turned private investigator, and Hugh... See full summary »

Director: John Reinhardt
Stars: Lee Tracy, Don Castle, Julie Bishop
Mystery | Film-Noir | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A dancer is pinned for murder after his shoe prints are found at the scene of the crime. His wife follows the trail of clues to the genuine killer.

Director: William Nigh
Stars: Don Castle, Elyse Knox, Regis Toomey
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A man dreams he committed murder, then begins to suspect it was real.

Director: Maxwell Shane
Stars: Paul Kelly, DeForest Kelley, Ann Doran
Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Police lieutenant Sam Carson investigates a political murder after the victim is dumped at the door of police headquarters.

Director: Otto Brower
Stars: Carole Landis, William Gargan, Richard Crane
The Suspect (1944)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An unhappily married man begins a flirtation with a younger woman. When his wife threatens to ruin her, he decides to take action.

Director: Robert Siodmak
Stars: Charles Laughton, Ella Raines, Dean Harens
Destiny (1944)
Crime | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Two bank robbers, Cliff Banks and Sam Baker go their separate ways while being chased by the law. Now fleeing alone, Cliff begins to reflect, via flash back, the various events and unsavory... See full summary »

Directors: Reginald Le Borg, Julien Duvivier
Stars: Gloria Jean, Alan Curtis, Frank Craven
Ivy (1947)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An Edwardian belle meets a rich bachelor, but what to do about her husband and her lover?

Director: Sam Wood
Stars: Joan Fontaine, Patric Knowles, Herbert Marshall
Take My Life (1947)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A woman races against time to clear Nicholas Talbot of a murder he did not commit. While she works on getting proof, the prosecution is doing all it can to force a conviction.

Director: Ronald Neame
Stars: Hugh Williams, Greta Gynt, Leo Bieber
The Lodger (1944)
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A landlady suspects her new lodger is Jack the Ripper.

Director: John Brahm
Stars: Laird Cregar, Merle Oberon, George Sanders
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Three young thugs rob a farmhouse, kill the owner and take his stenographer hostage but the woman's estranged husband, a police detective, starts investigating her disappearance.

Director: William Asher
Stars: Philip Carey, Betty Garrett, John Drew Barrymore
Nightmare (1956)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A New Orleans musician has a nightmare about killing a man in a strange house but he suspects that it really happened.

Director: Maxwell Shane
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Kevin McCarthy, Connie Russell
Convicted (1938)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Police Detective Burns (Charles Quigley) is helping Jerry Wheeler (Rita Hayworth), a night-club singer, track down the killer of a gold-digger, for which crime her brother, "Chick," (Edgar ... See full summary »

Director: Leon Barsha
Stars: Charles Quigley, Rita Hayworth, Marc Lawrence
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bonita Granville ... Estelle Mitchell / Linda Mitchell
Don Castle ... Mike Carr
Regis Toomey ... Detective Heller
John Litel ... Alex Tremholt
Wally Cassell ... Johnny Dixon
Thomas E. Jackson ... Tim McGinnis
Netta Packer ... Mrs. Mitchell
Oliver Blake ... Jake, the janitor
Carol Andrews Carol Andrews ... Leonola Waters (as Caroline Andrews)
Edit

Storyline

Two guys, sharing an apartment, meet twin girls (both Bonita Granville). One's sweet, the other a major piece of bad news. The nice one is murdered and her boyfriend is accused of the crime. The wrong man-wrong victim plot strikes again.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

twin | flashback | murder | See All (3) »

Taglines:

SISTERS... one led men to love... the other drove them to kill!

Genres:

Film-Noir | Mystery

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Error fatal See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The score was written by Rudy Schrager, an immensely talented composer who's been all-but forgotten. (His "Gunsmoke" scores are required listening for any movie-music fan.) When, after WWII, the union representing film composers prohibited them from writing TV music, Schrager and several other composers had some of their film scores re-orchestrated and recorded in Europe. Schrager, et al, could then be paid for their work when this "laundered" music was used in TV shows - one of which was "Adventures of Superman". See more »

Goofs

After knocking Dixon out, Carr revives him by throwing a glass of water in his face--and completely misses. See more »

Quotes

Mike Carr: Who'd want to look at his girl for the rest of his life and be reminded of murder?
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Sleazy production enhances Cornell Woolrich tale of twins - one bad, the other dead
27 July 2003 | by bmacvSee all my reviews

In 1946, Olivia De Havilland donned monogram brooches and identity necklaces to take the dual role of good and bad twins Ruth and Terry in Robert Siodmak's The Dark Mirror. The following year Bonita Granville followed suit, as good and bad twins Linda and Estelle, in Monogram's sub-basement adaptation of a Cornell Woolrich story. Of the two, The Guilty is the creepier, more haunting movie, taking a place of dubious honor amid the nether reaches of film noir.

Mustachioed Don Castle shares his walk-up flat with his superior from army days, Wally Cassel, who's a little unstable owing to a head injury sustained in combat. They're involved in a complicated foursome with the twins; when one of the fellows breaks up with one of the girls, the other takes up with the ditched sister. But the insanely jealous Estelle keeps playing one guy off the other; she wants both and her sister to have neither. One night Linda disappears; later her body is found on a rooftop, in a barrel of gravel (she was too big to shove down the incinerator shaft). Police investigator Regis Toomey encounters a baffling maze of alibis and false clues (Castle is on the hunt as well), until the movie ends with climaxes within climaxes.

All this takes place in but three sleazy sets: The men's apartment; that of the twins, their mother and a long-time boarder (John Litel); and a corner bar from which most of the story is narrated in flashback. A few forays into the dark, deserted streets only enhance the claustrophobia, the obsessiveness of Woolrich's nightmare vision. (And his obsessive fiction reuses the same themes and gambits over and over; there are parallels here to the same year's The Fall Guy, which resembles The Black Angel, which...).

Granville, of course, will ever be the screen embodiment of Nancy Drew, from the four programmers she starred in as the teenaged sleuth during the late '30s. Her career started to sputter in the next decade; for one thing her girlish exuberance didn't blossom into womanly glamor. But she developed a tough, no-nonsense, very-'40s face (not unlike Ann Savage's). Her noir appearances were limited to a small (but meaty) role in The Glass Key and a leading one in the low-budget Suspense. It's a shame, because grew up into quite a good bad girl.


15 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 6 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed