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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

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

When Shaw gets into a taxi after leaving his office, in the background is visible the old Sunset Theater, which was located on Western Ave. just north of Sunset Blvd. Julius Caesar (1953) with Marlon Brando is playing. The theater no longer exists; the intersection has been redeveloped. See more »

Quotes

Sam Pearson: Oh, come now, Shaw. You're not the first man who lost his shirt. I don't mean literally, of course.
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Featured in Crime Wave: 50 Movie Mega Pack (2016) See more »

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Summer Interlude
By Hank McCune and Les Baxter
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Unambitious but adequate
16 September 2009 | by dinky-4See all my reviews

The advantage of these compact, black-and-white "B" movies is that they usually tell a no-frills story in straightforward fashion without any padding or detours. "A Life at Stake" generally fits within these guidelines but it stumbles a bit in the second half because its script doesn't seem to have a firm grasp on the Angela Lansbury character. How does she regard the Keith Andes character? Is he just a potential source of money for her, or does she come to develop such a "crush" on him that she's forced to reconsider her plans? The movie doesn't seem clear on this point which causes its final reel to seem contrived and a bit unfocused compared to what's gone before. Few will be disappointed, however, since expectations for this kind of movie tend to be on the low side.

It's surprising but not unsatisfying to find Angela Lansbury playing a "bad girl," and fans of Keith Andes will be pleased to find that the opening scene of the movie features him in full bare-chest mode. Has any other actor, (except for Harry Hamlin), ever displayed such an impressive set of male nipples?


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