Please Murder Me (1956) / A Life At Stake (1954) (Film Noir Double Feature)
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 31 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Released: November 21, 2006
- Originally Released: 1956
- Label: Alpha Video
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Lamont Johnson, Raymond Burr & Angela Lansbury|
|Directed by||Peter Godfrey & Paul Guilfoyle|
Description by OLDIES.com:
A Life at Stake (B&W, 1954): An architect embroiled in an adulterous affair suspects that he is marked for murder. Building designer Edward Shaw has been making time with Doris, his business partner's wife. After being pressured by the couple to take out a hefty life insurance policy, he narrowly escapes death in a strange, nearly fatal accident. Doris's own sister, Madge, divulges that Doris' first husband had died under mysterious circumstances, and Shaw even tells the police of his suspicions. Torn between his fear of death and his lust for Doris, Shaw nonetheless agrees to meet his lover in a mountaintop cabin. When her cuckolded husband finally appears at the door, hard-drinking Doris brings a gun into the picture, and death arrives shortly thereafter.
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 117 ratings.
Viewable low-budget B-minus noirish straight crime story (not a caper), with the solid acting of Raymond Burr as protagonist (only one year ahead of starring as lawyer-sleuth Perry Mason in the successful TV series), Angela Lansbury as the femme fatale (barely 31 years old in this film, but already with 12 years experience in supporting roles, starting with her Oscar-nominated debut playing alongside Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman in the 1944-issue "Gaslight"), and Nick Foran (the Princeton-educated son of a U.S. Senator for NJ, and a fixture from 1935 onwards in Westerns first at Warner Bros. and later at Universal Studios as the "Singing Cowboy") in a fleeting appearance as the first of the film's characters duped by the greedy and murderous Myra Leeds. Also in the cast, ever-dependable supporting actors John Dehner and Denver Pyle. The film does have a plot twist not likely to have been played in previous or subsequent movies (although difficult to accept as realistic).
- Sales Rank: 536
- UPC: 089218521897
- Shipping Weight: 0.27/lbs (approx)
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