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: Suspense (1946)  ( 1153 )
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« : March 07, 2012, 10:35:50 AM »

Another weird Noir that's a mix of suspense, crime, love story and ice capades? Dir. by Frank Tuttle with Stars: Belita, Barry Sullivan, Eugene Pallette,  Albert Dekker and Bonita Granville.

The proprietor of a boardwalk ice-skating show (Decker) promotes a peanut-vendor at the show (Barry Sullivan) to a management position based on suggestions he made to improve the act of the show's star (Belita), who also happens to be the owner's wife . However, he soon begins to notice that his new manager is paying more attention to his wife than he believes is appropriate, and begins to suspect that his new manager has designs not only on his wife but on his business.

During a trip to a hunting lodge in the Sierras Decker takes a pop shot at Sullivan and appears to perish in the resulting avalanche, complicating things an ex flame Granville, shows up to try and reclaim Sullivan.

This film has at least 3 ice capde/dance numbers interspersed through the story line. Belita is very cute and was in 2 or three Ice Capade related films, but the last 30 minutes of this Noir is a bit far fetched but with an unexpected twist.  Looks for the most part studio set bound also. Caught it on TCM 6/10

"When you feel that rope tighten on your neck you can feel the devil bite your ass"!
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