Another Man’s Poison (1952)

IRVING RAPPER

AnotherMansPoisonposterBil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom, 1952.  Angel Productions.  Screenplay by , based on the play Deadlock by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

Bette Davis co-stars with real-life husband  in this enjoyably noir-ish drama.  She plays a famous mystery writer whose ex-convict husband’s bank robbery partner (Merrill) shows up at her countryside manor demanding to speak to her spouse. When she reveals that her husband is dead by her hand, he insists on staying on at the house and pretending to be married to her. This is complicated by other guests, Davis’s secretary and the secretary’s fiancée, with whom our heroine is having an affair. AnotherMansPoisonThings twist around to a most intense degree as Davis does her best to survive a suspenseful game of strategy and wit. Great atmosphere and a delicious performance from the Queen of (sometimes campy) drama.

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