Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
United Kingdom, 1955. Angel Productions. Screenplay by John Cresswell, based on the play Murder Mistaken by Janet Green. Cinematography by Jack Asher. Produced by Herbert Mason. Music by Antony Hopkins. Production Design by John Stoll. Costume Design by Julie Harris. Film Editing by Gordon Pilkington.
Dirk Bogarde is enjoying the high life with his rich, much older wife (Mona Washbourne) when he overhears her talking to her lawyer about changing her will. Thinking she might be trying to cut him out of his inheritance, he arranges her “accidental” death only to discover she was actually looking to put him in her will, thus leaving him without a penny and a giant mansion that he can’t afford. When he comes across another wealthy widow (Margaret Lockwood) to sink his hooks into, he marries her and tries to keep things running smoothly until she catches onto his game. A mysterious stranger (Kay Walsh, beautiful and compelling as ever) shows up on the scene and provides the catalyst for Bogarde’s comeuppance. A wonderful adaptation of Janet Green’s play Murder Mistaken is made richer by the performances (Lockwood is just brilliant as the crass woman who is nobody’s fool) and steady direction by Lewis Gilbert.