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Cause for Alarm! (1951)

An invalid husband wrongly believes his wife and doctor are conspiring to kill him and outlines that suspicion in a letter, which causes a serious concern when he ends up dying anyway.

Director:

Tay Garnett

Writers:

Mel Dinelli (screenplay), Tom Lewis (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Loretta Young ... Ellen Jones
Barry Sullivan ... George Z. Jones
Bruce Cowling ... Dr. Ranney Grahame
Margalo Gillmore ... Mrs. Edwards
Brad Morrow ... Hoppy - Billy (as Bradley Mora)
Irving Bacon ... Mr. Carston - Postman
Georgia Backus ... Mrs. Warren
Don Haggerty ... Mr. Russell
Art Baker ... Superintendent
Richard Anderson ... Lonesome Sailor
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Storyline

Invalid George Jones is both physically and mentally ill. He mistakenly believes his wife Ellen and his doctor are having an affair and also planning to kill him. He writes a letter to his lawyer detailing their alleged murder plot. After he has Ellen give the letter to their postman, he reveals its contents to her and then threatens her with a gun. The excitement proves to much and George suffers a fatal collapse. Now Ellen must find a way to retrieve the incriminating letter. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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This Girl Is In Danger! See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 1951 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Grund zur Aufregung See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$635,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$518,000, 31 December 1951

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$768,000, 31 December 1951
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Tom Lewis wanted Judy Garland for the part, but his wife Loretta Young wanted the part also. She retained a lawyer who told him that he was discriminating against her because she was his wife. She got the part. See more »

Quotes

George Z. Jones: Ummm... my head.
Ellen Jones: Is your head bothering you?
George Z. Jones: Terribly... both of them.
Ellen Jones: Would you like me to rub it for you?
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Film Noir for Loretta Young fans
8 June 2008 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

This film must be what passed for a 'chick flick' in the 1950's. It helps if you are a Loretta Young fan, and their are many of us. She is ably supported by Barry Sullivan and by the capable direction of Tay Garnett. Maybe 'tense drama' would be a better way to describe this picture as it barely falls under the heading of Film Noir - no violent confrontations, no dark, wet back alleys here, just sustained suspense, especially in the second half of the film. Miss Young is in almost every scene and the production seems almost stage-bound as it takes place mostly in the home of Young and Sullivan, with a few exterior shots thrown in.

Still, Miss Young gives a good performance and the movie holds the interest throughout, and is very worth watching.


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