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Bait (1954)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 24 February 1954 (USA)
A beautiful blonde leads a man down the road to ruin.

Director:

Hugo Haas

Writers:

Samuel W. Taylor (story and screenplay), Hugo Haas (additional dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Cleo Moore ... Peggy
Hugo Haas ... Marko
John Agar ... Ray Brighton
Emmett Lynn ... Foley
Bruno VeSota ... Webb
Jan Englund Jan Englund ... Waitress
George Keymas ... Chuck
Cedric Hardwicke ... Prologue Speaker (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
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Another in the long line of the Trials-and-Tribulations (compounded by Misery and Irony) offerings from Hugo Haas. This time out his character, Marko (Hugo Haas, is searching for a lost gold mine with his young partner Ray Brighton ('John Agar' )qv)) and, despite the fact that Haas appears no more at home playing a prospector than Raymond Hatton would playing a Bulgarian diplomat, they find the mine. But Marko decides he doesn't want to share with his partner and figures out a devious and complicated scheme to get rid of him. (Shooting him in the head and burying him in the desert is far too simple a solution in a Haas film.) So, Marko ups and marries buxom young Peggy (Cleo Moore) as a marriage of convenience, even though past experience would indicate any involvement with a character played by Cleo Moore would not be described as anything close to convenience. Rikor figures that after the three of them spend the winter together in a shack far from civilization, he will sooner or ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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" ... The Door's Open ... Come On In ! " See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Hugo and Cleo
26 July 2013 | by horn-5See all my reviews

Another in the long line of the Trials-and-Tribulations (compounded by Misery and Irony) offerings from Hugo Haas. This time out his character, Marko, is searching for a lost gold mine with his young partner Ray Brighton and, despite the fact that Haas appears no more at home playing a prospector than Raymond Hatton would playing a Bulgarian diplomat, they find the mine. But Marko decides he doesn't want to share with his partner and figures out a devious and complicated scheme to get rid of him. (Shooting him in the head and burying him in the desert is far too simple a solution in a Haas film.) So, Marko ups and marries buxom young Peggy as a marriage of convenience, even though past experience would indicate any involvement with a character played by Cleo Moore would not be described as anything close to convenience. Rikor figures that after the three of them spend the winter together in a shack far from civilization, he will sooner or later catch them in adultery, and he can use the "unwritten law" to kill Brighton and thus escape punishment from the law. But "Murphy's Law" rears its ugly head.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fever See more »

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Production Co:

Hugo Haas Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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