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Another Man's Poison (1951)

A mystery writer becomes involved in a tangled web of murderous deception not unlike the plots of her novels.

Director:

Irving Rapper

Writers:

Leslie Sands (play), Val Guest (screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Bette Davis ... Janet Frobisher Preston
Gary Merrill ... George Bates
Emlyn Williams ... Dr. Henderson
Anthony Steel ... Larry Stevens
Barbara Murray ... Chris Dale
Reginald Beckwith ... Mr. Bigley
Edna Morris Edna Morris ... Mrs. Bunting
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Mystery writer Janet Frobisher lives alone in a dark English country house, when she's not philandering with her secretary's fiancée. At an extremely awkward moment, she has an unwelcome visitor: George Bates, who claims to be the partner in crime of Janet's estranged husband. George insinuates himself into Janet's home and life despite her efforts to get rid of him; the tangled relationships develop into a macabre, murderous cat-and-mouse game. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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She Had Everything You Could Give A Woman To Torment A Man!

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Trivia

In the film, it is mentioned that the lake is sixty feet deep. In reality, the Malham Tarn is only 14 feet deep at its deepest and the average depth is only 8 feet. See more »

Quotes

Janet Frobisher: You asked a pretty question; I've given you the ugly answer.
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STARDUST
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Written by Hoagy Carmichael and Mitchell Parish
Used instrumentally (character Janet plays record)
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The dark recesses of the female mind.

Another Man's Poison is directed by Irving Rapper and adapted to screenplay by Val Guest from the play "Deadlock" written by Leslie Sands. It stars Bette Davis, Gary Merrill, Emlyn Williams, Anthony Steel and Barbara Murray. Music is by John Greenwood and Paul Sawtell and cinematography by Robert Krasker.

A whole bunch of fun if expectation levels are correctly set. Another Man's Poison is essentially a one set piece (confirming its stage origins), with primary focus on just five people and a horse. It's a tale of murder, deception and carnal desires, the latter of which is wrung out via Janet Frobisher's (Davis) affair with a much younger man who happens to be the intended of her secretary.

Frobisher is quite frankly a bitch, something which Davis attacks with relish and no little amount of histrionic camp. She's the fulcrum of the story, but all the other key characters here are either stupid, ignorant, devious or all three in one go! Oh yes, this is a regular hot- bed of people you really wouldn't want to be hanging around with for long.

It's these characterisations that along with Krasker's photography just about earns the pic its film noir badge. The script isn't up to much - where stories about changes being made by Williams and Davis and Merrill (hubbie and wife) being unhappy – are common place, but it never outstays its welcome by being boring and Bette being batty is always good entertainment. 6.5/10


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gift für den Anderen See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Production Co:

Angel Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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