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Two of a Kind (1951)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | July 1951 (USA)
A lawyer for a rich elderly industrialist works out a complex inheritance scam to pass off a con as the industrialist's long-lost son and claim the huge inheritance.

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Henry Levin

Writers:

Lawrence Kimble (screen play), James Gunn (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Edmond O'Brien ... Michael "Lefty" Farrell
Lizabeth Scott ... Brandy Kirby
Terry Moore ... Kathy McIntyre
Alexander Knox ... Vincent Mailer
Griff Barnett ... William McIntyre
Robert Anderson ... Todd
Virginia Brissac ... Maida McIntyre
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Brandy Kirby and crooked Lawyer Vincent Mailer plan to rob William and Maida McIntyre by producing a convincing double for their long-lost son. Brandy charms gambler Lefty Farrell into impersonating the missing son. Kathy, the McIntyre's niece, who likes Lefty, introduces him to the McIntyres who soon become convinced he is their son, but the old man refuses to change his will. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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They tried to draw the line .............. just this side of MURDER ! See more »


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a noir that tries to be light at the same time
14 February 2017 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Edmond O'Brien, Lizabeth Scott, Alexander Knox, and Terry Moore star in "Two of a Kind" from 1951.

Brandy Kirby (Scott) and an attorney, Vincent Mailer (Knox) for a wealthy man, William McIntyre find the perfect person in Lefty Farrell (O'Brien) to pretend to be the long-lost son of McIntyre's. He will then inherit $10 million, and since McIntyre and his wife are old, there won't be long to wait until he inherits.

Brandy seduces Lefty into taking the job. In order to do it, he has to lose part of his little finger, as the McIntyre's son did. A friend of Brandy's (MooreO who is the McIntyre's niece, introduces him to them when she sees his finger and asks questions. It's looking good that Lefty will be accepted as the son and inherit a fortune.

I had a few problems with this noir. The writer tried to lighten it up with the presence and perky acting of Terry Moore, which was way out of place and came off as overdone.

Lefty is supposed to be a real charmer and a chick magnet. I'm sorry, Edmond O'Brien? Good actor but hardly oozing with sex and good looks. Under contract at that time were William Holden and Glenn Ford. I doubt many women would have turned them down.

Lizabeth Scott, one of the noir queens, looked great in her gorgeous clothes and shorter hair and, with that smoky voice of hers, was very effective. Knox really didn't have much to do. O'Brien was good as usual but for me, wrong for the part.

Without the Moore character and better casting of Lefty, the film would have been stronger. Instead, it was just passable.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lefty Farrell See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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