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A Life at Stake (1955)

Not Rated | | Drama, Film-Noir | 19 September 1955 (UK)
An out-of-work architect meets a married woman who has a business proposition for him. The architect begins to suspect the woman's interest in him is not just financial and may actually be deadly.

Director:

Paul Guilfoyle

Writers:

Russ Bender (screenplay), Hank McCune (from a story idea by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Angela Lansbury ... Doris Hillman
Keith Andes ... Edward Shaw
Douglass Dumbrille ... Gus Hillman
Claudia Barrett ... Madge Neilan
Jane Darwell ... Landlady
Gavin Gordon ... Sam Pearson
Charles Maxwell Charles Maxwell ... Police Lt. Hoff
William Henry ... Myles Norman
Kathleen Mulqueen Kathleen Mulqueen ... Mary
Dan Sturkie Dan Sturkie ... Officer Biff
Jeane Wood Jeane Wood ... Mabel - The Maid
Robert Haver Robert Haver ... Mechanic
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Storyline

An out-of-work architect meets a married woman who has a business proposition for him. The architect begins to suspect the woman's interest in him is not just financial and may actually be deadly.

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Taglines:

A Cheat At Heart From Her Painted Toes To Her Plunging Neckline!

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Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1955 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Key Man See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The unusual convertible Angela Lansbury drives is a Kaiser Darrin. See more »

Quotes

Mabel, the maid: You better call out when you get to the guest house. Sometimes she swims in the nude.
Edward Shaw: Don't worry about it. So do I.
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Soundtracks

Summer Interlude
By Hank McCune and Les Baxter
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This job is killing me.
16 April 2006 | by SpuzzlightyearSee all my reviews

Interestingly thought out thriller here, with Angela Lansbury (one of my favorite 60's actresses) playing a seductress who may or may not be setting up her business partner to die just so she can collect on some life insurance they have put up for a business deal (don't ask, I'm not 100% sure of the logistics of it). Keith Andes, an actor who I've never heard of before, plays her would-be-victim. She of course plays up her sex to him, and Andes can't resist. Oh, and did I say Lansbury was married? Soon (well, actually, quite quickly) Andes wises up and tries to foil the plan, but Lansbury and husband have plan B's in place..

This was quite a tricky little thriller. It almost looks and seems like it once was a play at one time, what with it's dormitory sets, but the acting sure signs through. Lansbury is fabulous as usual, and I have no idea what became of Keith Andes, because he certainly had the looks and the acting chops to go a long way.


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