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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

Certificate:

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

Lt. Hoff: Now, where can I get in touch with you?
Edward Shaw: Rap twice on my coffin.
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Connections

Featured in Crime Wave: 50 Movie Mega Pack (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Summer Interlude
By Hank McCune and Les Baxter
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Mediocre thriller
31 December 2007 | by Ryu_DarkwoodSee all my reviews

The main-character finds himself in a Hitchcockian situation when he suspects his female boss ( Angela Lansbury ) from wanting to kill him over insurance money. I didn't quite grasp how that works, it seems a bit far-fetched to me...Is he being paranoid? Or is there really a sinister plot to kill him over the dough? And what about the beautiful younger sister and her amazing story? The movie is as mediocre as a thriller can get, filled with illogical twists and weird choices from its characters. Angela Lansbury just doesn't convince as the seductress, but maybe that has to do with her current status as mystery solving-granny Jessica Fletcher. The main-character Keith Andes is decent enough. He's like any fifties ''hero''; a touch cynical, overly masculine and well-behaved.


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