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Strange Bargain (1949)

Sam Wilson is having a hard time making ends meet. When he asks his boss for a raise, he finds out that the company is closing down and he'll be out of a job. His boss decides to commit ... See full summary »

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Will Price

Writers:

Lillie Hayward (screenplay), J.H. Wallis (based on a story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Martha Scott ... Georgia Wilson
Jeffrey Lynn ... Sam Wilson
Harry Morgan ... Lt. Richard Webb (as Henry Morgan)
Katherine Emery ... Edna Jarvis
Richard Gaines ... Malcolm Jarvis
Henry O'Neill ... Timothy Hearne
Walter Sande ... Sgt. Cord
Michael Chapin ... Roddy Wilson
Arlene Gray ... Hilda Wilson
Raymond Roe ... Sydney Jarvis
Robert Bray ... Det. McTay
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Sam Wilson is having a hard time making ends meet. When he asks his boss for a raise, he finds out that the company is closing down and he'll be out of a job. His boss decides to commit suicide so that his family can benefit from his insurance. He asks Sam to help make it look like murder. Sam thinks he has convinced the boss not to commit suicide. But the boss does it anyway, so Sam follows the instructions the boss had given him, to make it look like murder. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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"$10,000 If You Make My Suicide Look Like MURDER!"

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Compromisso de Honra See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The episode Murder, She Wrote: The Days Dwindle Down (1987) was done as a direct sequel to this movie, with Jessica Fletcher trying to figure out if Malcolm Jarvis' death was suicide or murder. In the episode, Jeffrey Lynn, Martha Scott, and Harry Morgan reprised their roles from the earlier film, and original footage from the film was used as flashbacks to tell the story. See more »

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References Dick Tracy (1937) See more »

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murder or suicide
31 July 2010 | by RanchoTuVuSee all my reviews

A financially struggling family man (Jeffry Lynn) gets involuntarily involved in the apparent suicide of his boss (Richard Gaines), a failure as a business man, who has lost all of his inheritance, and whose accounting firm is rapidly going bankrupt. When his body is found in the library of his swank Beverly Hills mansion, it looks like a murder, which is what Gaines supposedly wanted, in order for his life insurance money to go to his social-climbing wife (Katherine Emory), whose performance is worth watching, and son. The strong point of the film is Lynn's character's anguish, now leading a double life of sorts as he has to keep everything a secret from his wife (Martha Scott) and two kids. His performance is not half bad, and makes watching the film worth the effort. Henry Morgan's part as a tough wounded WW2 vet and now a star LAPD detective who walks around with a cane is undermined by too many one-liners, although he and Lynn's son (Michael Chapin) make a few references to the gas chamber, letting us know what whoever does get caught will be facing.


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