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Strange Fascination (1952)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Music | September 1952 (USA)
Middle-aged European pianist Paul Marvan (Hugo Haas)is brought to America by wealthy widow Diana Fowler (Mona Barrie)and he meets and weds a canary-blonde named Margo (Cleo Moore), who is a... See full summary »

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Hugo Haas

Writer:

Hugo Haas (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cleo Moore ... Margo
Hugo Haas ... Paul Marvan
Mona Barrie ... Diana Fowler
Rick Vallin ... Carlo
Karen Sharpe ... June Fowler
Marc Krah ... Shiner
Geneviève Aumont Geneviève Aumont ... Yvette
Pat Holmes Pat Holmes ... Walter Fowler (as Patrick Holmes)
Maura Murphy Maura Murphy ... Mary
Brian O'Hara Brian O'Hara ... Douglas
Anthony Jochim Anthony Jochim ... Investigator
Ross Thompson Ross Thompson ... Dr. Thompson (as Dr. Ross Thompson)
Maria Bibikov Maria Bibikov ... Nurse
Gayne Whitman ... Mr. Lowell
Roy Engel ... Mr. Frim
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Storyline

Middle-aged European pianist Paul Marvan (Hugo Haas)is brought to America by wealthy widow Diana Fowler (Mona Barrie)and he meets and weds a canary-blonde named Margo (Cleo Moore), who is a nightclub dancing partner to Carlo (Rick Vallin). Margo's trampy and flirty behavior inflames Marvan, who is also disturbed over increasing financial and professional straits, since Diana, his wealthy "sponsor" who was more a little perturbed when Marvan married the little tramp. He thrusts one hand into a printing press in hopes of collecting $50,000 insurance, but payment is refused when it is disclosed his accident wasn't an accident. Margo returns to Carlo, and Marvan finds refuge in a Salvation Army shelter, now playing the piano with one hand. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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He couldn't let her alone ... Wait till you feel her.

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Drama | Film-Noir | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pushover See more »

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Hugo Haas Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When Margo calls Paul from a phone booth, the exchange "Hollywood" is clearly visible on the dial, even though the scene takes place in New York City. See more »

Soundtracks

Nocturne
Composed by Jakob Gimpel (as Jacob Gimpel)
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First of Seven Cleo Moore/Hugo Haas Films
12 May 2006 | by HarlowMGMSee all my reviews

Hugo Haas was a middle-aged character actor who began writing, producing and starring in (though playing second fiddle to glamorous blondes) low-budget films in the 1950's. His first two films as "auteur" starred Beverly Michaels but it was his seven collaborations with beautiful Cleo Moore that are better remembered today. STRANGE FASCINATION was their first film together and one of the more conservative, less lurid of the bunch, a fairly conventional drama of a renown concert pianist (Haas) who becomes attracted to and marries a nightclub dancer (Moore) which starts him on the road to ruin. A few years later, Moore's character would have been a bad girl who took him for everything he had, here she's rather sweet girl who is really not responsible for his problems. Since the melodrama here is low key this is one of the duller Moore/Haas romps but Cleo looks close to her most beautiful with a pageboy hairstyle and cute clothes and for movie buffs there's 1930's starlet Mona Barrie in a featured part.


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