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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?

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Andrew L. Stone (as Andrew Stone)

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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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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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EVERY INCH OF HER IS MURDER! See more »


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Country:

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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)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

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The cover on the face of the clock in Lynn's stateroom is present in long shots, but has been removed in close-ups, presumably due to reflections. See more »

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[first lines]
Whitney 'Cam' Cameron: Where is Polly Cameron's room?
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Nocturne op. 9 no.1 in B-flat minor
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Music by Frédéric Chopin
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'Don't touch my feet!'
18 August 2011 | by robert-temple-1See all my reviews

This is a superb and sophisticated murder mystery. Joseph Cotten is in peak form as the lead man, Whitney Cameron, who is called to the bedside of his young niece, who is dying in hospital. The child dies of mysterious convulsions, enigmatically and inexplicably crying out: 'Don't touch my feet!' The plot thickens from there, and the strange cry is discovered to have a meaning after all. This is a first rate early fifties noir with Cotton, Jean Peters as his sister-in-law, and Gary Merrill as his lawyer friend. It is excellently directed by Andrew Stone and should be better known than it is. The story is cleverly developed, and the mystery lasts up until the very end of the film. The question is: who poisoned the niece with strychnine, and why? And who will be next? Cotton is urbane, reassuring, and very solid in the main role. Jean Peters is rather more arch than usual, with a character portrayal which is intentionally ambivalent, just to keep us all guessing. One does not know whether she is a femme fatale or not, and the whole point is that no one knows, even within the story. This is a most ingenious whodunit which will not disappoint any viewer.


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