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Title: Cause for Alarm (1951)
Post by: cigar joe on January 29, 2014, 04:35:22 AM
from titoli

Cause for Alarm (1951) The funny thing for the italian viewer is that this couldn't have happened in Italy because:

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1) the postman would have given back the letter without any lind of objection

2) the letter wouldn't have been sent back because of insufficient postage because that would have to be payed by the addressee.

Anyway it is a sunny thriller, which in the central part is very effective. 7\10

from cigar joe

Cause for Alarm! (1951) Loretta Young, Barry Sullivan, Bruce Cowling. From IMDb Invalid George Jones is both physically and mentally ill. He mistakenly believes his wife Ellen and his doctor are having an affair and also planning to kill him. He writes a letter to his lawyer (actually the DA) detailing their alleged murder plot. After he has Ellen give the letter to their postman, he reveals its contents to her and then threatens her with a gun. The excitement proves to much and George suffers a fatal collapse. Now Ellen must find a way to retrieve the incriminating letter. Café au lait Noir watchable 6.5/10


Title: Re: Cause for Alarm (1951)
Post by: dave jenkins on January 29, 2014, 06:22:21 AM

Cause for Alarm! (1951) Loretta Young, Barry Sullivan, Bruce Cowling. From IMDb Invalid George Jones is both physically and mentally ill. He mistakenly believes his wife Ellen and his doctor are having an affair and also planning to kill him. He writes a letter to his lawyer (actually the DA) detailing their alleged murder plot. After he has Ellen give the letter to their postman, he reveals its contents to her and then threatens her with a gun. The excitement proves to much and George suffers a fatal collapse. Now Ellen must find a way to retrieve the incriminating letter. Café au lait Noir watchable 6.5/10

Wait a minute. Is Ellen guilty or not? It makes a big difference. If she really was planning to bump hubby off, and he just happened to die another way, then she's in a spot. But if the whole thing was just the imagination of George's sick mind, then, circumstances notwithstanding, she will be vindicated. Easily.  Witnesses will be found who can testify to George's state of mind. If it comes to a trial, any competent lawyer will get her off. No need to worry about the letter. I don't see a plot here.


Title: Re: Cause for Alarm (1951)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 19, 2015, 12:19:15 PM
just saw this movie on TCM

talk about trying to make tension out of nothing at all  ;D

this movie tries to subvert the serenity of the housewife in the suburbs, white picket fence, etc.

this is one of those movies CJ would call a sun-baked noir. Entire movie takes place on one sunny day (plus a flashback early in the movie that's also during the day)

IMO this is another movie where the narration was used poorly; it would have been better with no narration at all

anyway, somehow, it's kinda decent; I'll give it a 7/10, you can give it a look next time it plays TCM.