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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

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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:

Karanlik yol See more »

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Production Co:

Hugo Haas Productions See more »
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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 »

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Nocturne
Composed by Jakob Gimpel (as Jacob Gimpel)
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Strange Fascination (1952)
3 January 2012 | by MartinTellerSee all my reviews

A European pianist comes to America and falls for a dancehall girl. Written, directed, produced and starring Hugo Haas, who doesn't do a particularly good job in any of those roles. The script is lifeless and poorly written (including a second act twist that doesn't make a lick of sense), a lot of very prosaic drama that never catches fire. The camera-work is entirely uninteresting, and borderline amateurish. The performances and characterizations are bland. This is the first of seven films that Haas did with pin-up gal Cleo Moore, which is odd because here they have little chemistry together. The film is categorized as noir, but that seems like a stretch by any definition of the genre. Only in the final 10 minutes do we get any compelling plot material, and I will say I quite liked the ending. But otherwise it's a snooze.


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