A Life at Stake


Drama / Film-Noir

IMDb Rating 5.8 10 721

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Bing Russell as Bartender
Jane Darwell as Landlady
Claudia Barrett as Madge Neilan
Keith Andes as Edward Shaw
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694.71 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 15 min
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23.976 fps
1 hr 15 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by MartinHafer 6 / 10

A decent little thriller

This film stars mostly unknown actors, other than Angela Lansbury in a leading role and Jane Darwell in a supporting role. The leading man is played by Keith Andes--a handsome and rather non-descript actor who, at first, I had trouble recognizing. Then I realized that I saw him in a bad episode of the original STAR TREK series--he was the high priest of Val (a giant rock-hewn lizard god). Not exactly an auspicious role, I know.

Andes is a down and out architect whose old partner split and left him ridden with debts. Into this sorry life appears Lansbury who offers to have him go into business with her and her older husband. The offer is just too good to be true--sudden wealth and a somewhat attractive married woman throwing herself at him. Despite misgivings, he agrees to the partnership. A part of this partnership includes a life insurance policy on him, so in case he died his partners wouldn't be left without a builder. Over time, Andes becomes convinced that maybe the reason the two took him on in partnership was because they planned on killing him and collecting the $175,000 policy.

In the weakest part of the film, Andes goes to the police who seem almost completely uninterested when he announces someone is trying to kill him! In fact, the desk sergeant even goes so far as to make fun of him--something that surely never would happen in real life. However, after going to the police, real attempts to occur and eventually even on of the detectives in convinced that Andes might be in danger after all--but is it too late to save him? The acting and writing are decent and the overall film is pretty good despite the low budget. What I especially liked was the last ten minutes or so of the film--it kept me guessing and offered a lot of suspense.

Reviewed by Hitchcoc 5 / 10

Characters are Contrived

First throw in a character who is rather dull and afraid. Make him an architect who can produce nice little fifties houses that will sell. Hook him up with a millionaire who wants a 175,000 dollar life insurance policy on the guy's head in case he can't fulfill his commitment. Throw in a bored wife; or is she? Throw in police who have no respect for a dignified man who is concerned he is going to be killed. Remember, it happened before and insurance money was involved. Oh, yes, then there's the insurance company, which should be watching things like the respective hawks they are, since they got soaked the first time. Also, have everyone act stupidly, not able to figure things out. This is one contrived thriller. I'm not sure where Lansbury is in the picture. The guy should have dumped her early on. She is vapid and tiresome. She's reasonably attractive, but has more baggage than Northwest Airlines. Oh, well, it isn't Shakespeare and it does keep us guessing, sort of.

Reviewed by mark.waltz 4 / 10

Qualities of a television drama for the big screen.

Angela Lansbury had a bad break after leaving MGM where at least she played some interesting character parts. She did get some leads, but they were in one dimensional bad girl parts in low-budget films. Broadway would beckon later on, and she had a huge rise to musical comedy stardom, but in between, her talent was misused in such films as this and "Please Murder Me!". They are basically the same film with different character names, different motivations, and different conclusions. But with her radiance untapped, Lansbury (who would later solve murders rather than commit them) had to bide her time before much better things came along.

In "A Life at Stake", she plays a bored housewife who goes into business (both real and funny business) with an associate of her husbands, and pulls a Barbara Stanwyck/"Double Indemnity" attempt at murder in which nobody ends up the winner. Here, the lover is the sexy Keith Andes, and the husband is that famous 30's villain Douglas Dumbrille. The film is actually better looking than most "B" movies of the 50's with some interesting outdoor photography that appears to be part of the "New Wave" taking over by independent filmmakers. Lansbury doesn't look bad, either, but unfortunately, the script is rather poorly executed.

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