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Another Man's Poison

Another Man's Poison
Movie: Another Man's Poison(1952)[tt0044364] Mystery writer Janet Frobisher lives alone in a dark English country house, when she's not philandering with her secretary's fiancée. At an extremely awkward moment, she has an unwelcome visitor: George Bates, who claims to be the partner in crime of Janet's estranged husband. George insinuates himself into Janet's home and life despite her efforts to get rid of him; the tangled relationships develop into a macabre, murderous cat-and-mouse game. Written byRod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>
Title Another Man's Poison
Release Date 6 January 1952 (USA)
Runtime
Genres Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Production Companies Angel Productions
Bette Davis
Bette Davis...
Janet Frobisher Preston...
Gary Merrill
Gary Merrill...
George Bates...
Emlyn Williams
Emlyn Williams...
Dr. Henderson...
Anthony Steel
Anthony Steel...
Larry Stevens...
Barbara Murray
Barbara Murray...
Chris Dale...

Reviews

Builders on 5 February 2006
I appreciate this terse movie's smart script, staging, and tight editing, especially upon second viewing. Of course the nosy neighbor veterinarian serves mainly as a plot vehicle, but the role is well acted. Gary Merrill's George Bates seems lacking some refinement of expression. He plays it like an open book, and makes Bates a totally sympathetic character. The story hinges on the power plays between Bates and devious Janet as, chained together by their crimes, they struggle for the upper hand via her scheming and his brute force. Their tortured relationship could have a plausible chance for success, given the plot circumstances, but the secretary's fiancé Larry is in the way, creating a tension that draws the characters to the unhappy climax. Davis is in good form, and this is an entertaining film. Since there is a finite number of Bette Davis films available for viewing in 2006, one has to value each for what it is. Although "Poison" may not be in her top 10, Davis is the master, and it is infinitely preferable to experience it than not.

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