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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!

Genres:

Drama | Film-Noir

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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

Gus Hillman: Four closets full of clothes and all she ever wears is a bathing suit.
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Soundtracks

Summer Interlude
By Hank McCune and Les Baxter
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The (flat) belly of the architect
10 July 2014 | by xisca-papSee all my reviews

Boring with poor script, direction and acting.

The storyline is not engaging. The main characters are both uninteresting and miscast. Lansbury is not a femme fatale and Andes is entirely unconvincing. He supposedly is a promising architect, but his daily activity and his physique resemble that of a prison inmate.

There are some bizarre and unintentionally funny moments too, e.g the dance in the club with Lansbury's sister where in the middle of May he is dressed (inside the club!) with heavy coat and she with a strapless!

I am a huge fan if the era, but this one will bore even the most enthusiastic


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