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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.

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 1951 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Cause for Alarm! See more »

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Budget:

$635,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is one of a handful of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer productions of the 1950-1951 period whose original copyrights were never renewed and are now apparently in Public Domain; for this reason this title is now offered, often in very inferior copies, at bargain prices, by numerous VHS and DVD distributors who do not normally handle copyrighted or Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer material. 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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Spoofed in Claws for Alarm (1954) See more »

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Great little film
3 September 1999 | by capricanSee all my reviews

The film deals with a husband who believes his wife with the help of his doctor are trying to kill him. The wife was a nurse at a veterans hospital where they met and fell in love. The doctor was an old friend of the husband. The husband is so convinced of their plot that he writes a letter to the District Attorney stating all the facts and evidence pointing to the murder plot. The wife not knowing the contents of the letter gladly mails it for her husband who is confined to a bed. The entire story deals with her trying to recover the letter which implicates her and the doctor in the husband's death. This film moves at a good pace and most likely is one of those overlooked films because it lacks the flash and glaze of a big Hollywood film. Great little film that accomplishes what it intended. Lastly, you begin to feel sorry for the wife.


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