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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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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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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)

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1.37 : 1
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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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Auld Lang Syne
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Pretty, And Not-So-Pretty Poison
12 February 2008 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Most of this movie is a "did-she-or-didn't-she-do it?" story. Two family members have been poisoned and it looks like the mother, "Lynne Cameron" (Jean Peters) is the killer, but it's hard to prove. As the film goes on, one has more and more doubts whether she did it. Perhaps the innocent-sounding "Uncle Cam" (Joseph Cotten) is the killer. Hmmmm.....which one is it? Was it the pretty Peters or Cotten?

For most of the short movie, it was entertaining. It began to drag a bit in the last third but the film, since it is short, should keep your interest enough to find out who's the killer and how she-or-he did it.

I agree with those posters who felt the ending was a bit disappointing. I was looking for something a little more clever than was presented.

I'd also liked to have seen more scenes with the two supporting actors: Catherine McLeod and Gary Merrill. Both actors were fascinating. McLeod played "Maggie Sargent," the first character in here to suspect foul play after a child's death. Merrill played her husband, "Fred." He also was "Cam's" lawyer.

McLeod is deceptively good-looking and I wish I could see more things she did, but her IMDb resume indicates she mainly acted on television in the 1950s.

Overall, this is definitely worth one viewing. It is usually worth seeing the sexy Peters in her prime before she went into retirement a few years later. She did four films in 1953 and three more the next year, several of them being good film noirs ("Pickup On South Street" and "Niagara.")


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