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The Web (1947)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 25 May 1947 (USA)
An attorney acting as a body guard, apparently kills a man in defense of his employer's life, and later believes the victim was set up to be murdered.

Director:

Michael Gordon

Writers:

William Bowers (screenplay), Bertram Millhauser (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ella Raines ... Noel Faraday
Edmond O'Brien ... Bob Regan
William Bendix ... Lt. Damico
Vincent Price ... Andrew Colby
Maria Palmer ... Martha Kroner
John Abbott ... Charles Murdock
Fritz Leiber ... Leopold Kroner
Howland Chamberlain ... James Nolan (as Howard Chamberlin)
Tito Vuolo ... Emilio Canepa
Wilton Graff ... District Attorney
Robin Raymond ... Newspaper Librarian
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Storyline

Leopold Kroner, formerly of Colby Enterprises, is released after five years in prison for embezzlement. Andrew Colby, claiming that Kroner has threatened him, hires lawyer Bob Regan as a secret bodyguard. Sure enough, Kroner turns up in Colby's room with a gun, and Regan kills him. Then Regan, who sticks around to romance Colby's secretary Noel, begins to suspect he's been used. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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It's a double-cross - a triple murder , with kisses for ME !


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Velvet See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Adapted for radio as part of the "Lux Radio Theater" on Sept. 29, 1947, with Raines, Price, and O'Brien reprising their roles. See more »

Quotes

Bob Regan: How many doors and secretaries do you have to go through to get to see this guy?
Noel Faraday: Anything I can do for you?
Bob Regan: Any number of things but unfortunately I'm here on business. I want to see Mr Colby.
Noel Faraday: What did you want to see him about?
Bob Regan: Well he's been carrying on with my grandmother, I'd like to find out what his intentions are...
Noel Faraday: If you have any business with Mr Colby...
Bob Regan: I've lots of business but it's all personal.
Noel Faraday: I'm his secretary - his personal secretary.
Bob Regan: Well it just goes to show you how far a ...
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Forgotten Thriller Is a Lot of Fun
17 May 2006 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

A nifty little thriller that has lawyer Edmond O'Brien hired as bodyguard for business tycoon Vincent Price. Of course it doesn't take a detective to figure out that someone is setting someone else up, nor does it take a college diploma to figure out who those someones might be. Still, the cast (which also includes Ella Raines and William Bendix) is obviously enjoying themselves here, and if they're not going to take things too seriously, why should you? It's best not to think too hard about the plot developments (like why would a tycoon hire a lawyer to be his bodyguard in the first place?) and just enjoy the slick ride.

Grade: A-


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