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Finger of Guilt (1956)

The Intimate Stranger (original title)
Approved | | Drama | 17 October 1956 (USA)
A married movie studio executive's life, starts to fall apart when he is intimately stalked by a beautiful woman he claims he does not know.

Directors:

Joseph Losey (as Joseph Walton), Alec C. Snowden

Writer:

Howard Koch
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Basehart ... Reginald 'Reggie' Wilson
Mary Murphy ... Evelyn Stewart
Constance Cummings ... Kay Wallace
Roger Livesey ... Ben Case
Faith Brook ... Lesley Wilson
Mervyn Johns ... Ernest Chaple
Vernon Greeves Vernon Greeves ... George Mearns
André Mikhelson André Mikhelson ... Steve Vadney
David Lodge ... Police Sgt. Brown
Basil Dignam ... Dr. Gray
Grace Denbeigh-Russell Grace Denbeigh-Russell ... Mrs. Lynton
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A married movie studio executive's life, starts to fall apart when he is intimately stalked by a beautiful woman he claims he does not know.

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british noir | See All (1) »

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MOVIE MAKER ON THE SPOT! (original U.S. print ad - all caps)

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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On its release the directorial credit was given to producer Alec C. Snowden, rather than the (then) blacklisted Joseph Losey. See more »

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Ben Case: This is want you wanted, isn't it? Responsibility, running the show? You can't have that without paying the price.
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Losey, huh? Surprising.
11 July 2015 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Finger of Guilt" was directed by Joseph Losey and written by Howard Koch, under a pseudonym' both he and Losey were called to testify during the Red Scare and refused. Both men were certainly capable of interesting work; somehow this film comes off as not that special. The problem may be that it was originally 95 minutes and the version shown is 84.That can make a huge difference.

Richard Basehart is a film executive who left Hollywood after a scandal. Now he is in England, married to the boss' daughter (Lesley Wilson) with an excellent job at a studio, run by his father-in-law (Roger Livesey).

Reggie (Richard Basehart) has been receiving letters from someone he first believes is a fan, but the letters have become more aggressive, stating that they had an affair, and that she wants to continue it. Reggie is positive he doesn't know the woman, let alone had an affair with her.

He shows them to his boss Ben (Livesey). Then his wife receives a letter from this person, and Reggie decides to find her and confront her. His wife insists on accompanying him. The posts come from Newcastle, and they find the address, a rooming house.

The woman (Mary Murphy) turns out to be an actress and she knows way too much. She knows what he drinks and how he drinks it, where he's traveled -- Reggie begins to think he has a double personality. Meanwhile everyone seems to believe her, including his wife.

I wouldn't call this a film noir; it is an interesting movie that keeps you guessing but I for one was disappointed in the denouement.

Constance Cummings plays an actress, an old lover of Reggie's, who is supposed to star in his film, which is in jeopardy. She is excellent, as is Basehart.

I won't say this is a bad film at all, it just doesn't have Losey's artistic touches. Having seen films he made with Dirk Bogarde, this just seemed like an ordinary film for him. But again, I haven't seen the uncut version.

Worth checking out.


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