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A Blueprint for Murder (1953)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | September 1953 (USA)
Whitney Cameron suspects his sister-in-law has poisoned his brother and niece, but without proof how does he prevent the murder of his nephew?

Director:

Andrew L. Stone (as Andrew Stone)

Writer:

Andrew L. Stone (as Andrew Stone)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joseph Cotten ... Whitney 'Cam' Cameron
Jean Peters ... Lynn Cameron
Gary Merrill ... Fred Sargent
Catherine McLeod ... Maggie Sargent
Jack Kruschen ... Detective Lt. Harold Y. Cole
Barney Phillips ... Detective Capt. Pringle
Freddy Ridgeway Freddy Ridgeway ... Doug Cameron (as Fred Ridgeway)
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Storyline

Two orphans, Polly and Doug, live with their stepmother Lynne; Polly collapses with the same mystery symptoms that killed her father. The kids' visiting uncle, Whitney Cameron, is warned that the symptoms match strychnine poisoning, but that poisoners are seldom detected and rarely convicted. Sure enough, no case can be made against the obvious suspect; so what can Whitney do to save the next victim? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Trivia

The ship at sea is the same miniature model used for Titanic (1953), which in turn was used for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and Dangerous Crossing (1953). The interiors of the dining room and staircase on the ship were also from the same movies. See more »

Goofs

Though set in New York City, the courtroom scene shows two flags by the bench, a 48 star American flag and a California State flag. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Whitney 'Cam' Cameron: Where is Polly Cameron's room?
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(uncredited)
Traditional Scottish melody
Instumental version played in ship's ballroom as Jean Peters and Joseph Cotten dance
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Suspense till the very end
6 February 2008 | by brice-18See all my reviews

Rightly released on DVD in a double-bill format, for which it was clearly intended for the bigger screen, and very plainly directed by Andrew Stone, this is nevertheless a gripping thriller which keeps one guessing until the very end. Joseph Cotten had some form as a murderer in previous films and is sufficiently shifty to suggest that he might be one now. In my youth I fancied Jean Peters, a beauty with a brain, and was grieved when she succumbed to Howard Hughes. Here she is excellent as the presumed femme fatale. Gary Merrill is wasted, but Catherine McLeod is fun as his astute wife. The sets are obviously from studio stock, but this hardly matters: this is an Agatha Christie style nail-biter and it hits the spot!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asesinato a la orden See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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