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The Pretender (1947)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 13 August 1947 (USA)
Kenneth Holden (Albert Dekker), a banker, steals funds from an estate and decides to marry the heiress, Claire Worthington (Catherine Craig), to safeguard his position. He arranges for her ... See full summary »

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W. Lee Wilder

Writers:

Don Martin (original screenplay), Doris Miller (additional dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Dekker ... Kenneth Holden
Catherine Craig ... Claire Worthington
Charles Drake ... Dr. Leonard G. Koster
Alan Carney ... Victor Korrin
Linda Stirling ... Flo Ronson
Tom Kennedy ... Fingers Murdock
Selmer Jackson ... Charles Lennox
Charles Middleton ... William the Butler
Ernie Adams ... Thomas the Butler
Ben Welden ... Mickie
John Bagni John Bagni ... Hank Gordon
Stanley Ross Stanley Ross ... Stranger
Forrest Taylor ... Dr. Harold Stevens
Greta Clement Greta Clement ... Margie
Peter Michael Peter Michael ... Stephen
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Storyline

Kenneth Holden (Albert Dekker), a banker, steals funds from an estate and decides to marry the heiress, Claire Worthington (Catherine Craig), to safeguard his position. He arranges for her fiancé to be killed but does not state the fiancé's name. Claire, meanwhile, has a change of heart and marries Holden. Thusly he now becomes the target of the killer and attempts to cancel the deal - except he doesn't know who the hired killer is. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prisioneiro do Medo See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The car Claire drives is a 1947 Studebaker Commander. See more »

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Car #2, chasing car #1, has a split front windshield, but the closeup of the occupants shows a one piece windshield. See more »

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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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Holden gets exactly what he deserves in this one!
18 February 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Kenneth Holden (Albert Dekker) is a sleazy banker who has been misusing the funds of an heiress in order to cover his losses in the stock market. He owes nearly $100,000 and his plan is to hide it by marrying the heiress. But Claire informs him that she's already engaged...so Holden arranges for the boyfriend to have an 'accident'. However, Claire unexpectedly changes her mind and insists that Holden marry her. So he does and then tries to cancel the contract...as, after all, the contract was to kill Claire's fiancé...and the killer might just think that's Holden. But this goes amok when the man behind arranging the 'accident' is murdered...and he's unable to stop the contract! Holden is at his wits end...realizing that some unknown killer might just be waiting for him!

This is an exciting and sleazy movie...and I mean sleazy in the best possible way! It has many film noir sensibilities and ends as such a film would end. Very exciting and well made.


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