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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.


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


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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 Thomas E. Jackson ... Tim McGinnis
Netta Packer ... Mrs. Mitchell
Oliver Blake ... Jake, the janitor
Carol Andrews Carol Andrews ... Leonola Waters (as Caroline Andrews)


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.

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


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


Film-Noir | Mystery


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Release Date:

22 March 1947 (USA) See more »

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Error fatal See more »

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Monogram Pictures See more »
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1.37 : 1
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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 »


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


Mike Carr: Who'd want to look at his girl for the rest of his life and be reminded of murder?
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Two Bonitas makes for twice the suspense
7 June 2008 | by robert-temple-1See all my reviews

Bonita Granville was an extremely talented younger actress, as was clear from 'The Beloved Brat' (1938) and the four Nancy Drew films she made, for instance. She had a special charm and directness which was most refreshing. Here she is, somewhat older, playing identical twins in an extremely low-budget noir thriller produced by her husband Jack Wrather. The sets are so cheap, it seems as if a puff of wind would blow them down, and they are bleak as well, perhaps on purpose to make the atmosphere one of desolation. She is certainly cast against type, since the main twin whom she plays is a bad girl, and Bonita was famous for being a sweetie pie. However, it works, and she proves she can be as sultry and venomous as any gal if she wants to, and she does want to. The two guys are Don Castle and Wally Cassell, which reminds me that Louis Ferdinand-Celine wrote a novel the English title of which is 'Castle to Castle', not bad for this situation, if we change it to 'Cassell to Castle', as one twin passes between the two guys. This is a very powerful and effective noir story with its twists and grisly side. As it is 1947, there is a guy suffering from serious shell-shock, holding his face in his hands and saying: 'I'm going to crack up completely again, like I did the first time'. There are desperate undercurrents of insane jealousy and passion, a disappearance and murder, seething resentments and kisses that are more like football touchdowns, they are so rough. For something made for ten dollars, this is a really good thriller. The voice-over narrative works extremely well, and the whole thing is a knockout if you can forgive the fact that somebody along the way forgot about the need for production values. Anyway, there's Bonita, and you even get two for the price of one.

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