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Five Angles on Murder (1950)

The Woman in Question (original title)
Approved | | Mystery | 18 February 1952 (USA)
A woman is murdered, but she is seen in different ways by different people.

Director:

Anthony Asquith

Writer:

John Cresswell (original story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jean Kent ... Agnes / Madame Astra / Parrot (voice)
Dirk Bogarde ... R.W. (Bob) Baker
John McCallum ... Michael Murray
Susan Shaw ... Catherine Taylor
Hermione Baddeley ... Mrs. Finch
Charles Victor Charles Victor ... Albert Pollard
Duncan Macrae ... Supt. Lodge
Lana Morris ... Lana Clark
Joe Linnane Joe Linnane ... Inspector Butler
Vida Hope Vida Hope ... Shirley Jones
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Storyline

A woman is murdered, but she is seen in different ways by different people.

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The suspense-tense surprise of the year!

Genres:

Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Five Angles on Murder See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Inside joke: When the police inspectors are searching the flat at the beginning, they come across some photographs of the dead woman's boyfriends. One comments to the other that they might recognise some of these men from their own rogues' gallery. He pauses, examines one and says knowingly, "John Mills!" Obviously a tongue-in-cheek reference to a certain fellow actor! See more »

Goofs

The dialogue suggests that the film is set in a coastal resort near Southampton. But the map on the wall of the police station appears to show the Eastbourne area, some eighty miles to the east. See more »

Quotes

Supt. Lodge: Polly! Pretty Polly! Pity - the one witness who knows all the answers and he won't talk.
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Oscar Bait
10 October 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Jean Kent has been murdered in her bedroom. Duncan Macrae and Joe Linnane conduct the investigation by speaking with the people around her.

The gimmick in this movie is that as each of the witness/suspects describes the events, we see it from the speaker's viewpoint... and the character, appearance and behavior of every individual changes according to whose version we are hearing. It's a subjective camera: not a new thing in the movies, but still a novelty. THree years earlier, Hitchcock had misused it in THE PARADINE CASE and the year this came out, Kurosawa directed RASHOMON which seems to assert there is no objective reality.

That's not what's happening here. THe point is to take the subjective realities and winkle out the objective reality behind them. In the course of so doing, we get to see the actors perform their roles in a variety of manners, particularly Miss Kent, who ranges from slattern to aristocrat. In the US, this would have been a vehicle for the actress in the lead role looking for an Oscar. Look! I can do this line as a loose woman! Look, I can do it as as an impoverished noblewoman! And so forth.


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