Blackmailed (1951)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Thriller  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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Long before she distinguished herself as a director, Mai Zetterling was the star of several moody melodramas. Based on a novel by Elizabeth Myers, the film casts Zetterling as Mrs. Carol Edwards, whose husband lies in a hospital bed, afflicted with asthma. Mrs. Edwards becomes a murder suspect when blackmailer Mr. Sine (James Robertson Justice) is killed on the hospital grounds. Since the film is not a mystery, it is safe to reveal that the genuine killer is Mrs. Christopher (Fay Compton), the hospital's wealthy patroness. Basically a character study, Blackmailed spends most of its time delving into the personal problems of Mrs. Edwards and the other suspects.

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killing, AWOL (Absent Without Leave), blackmail, collection, credit, criminal, deal [agreement], doctor/nurse, extortion, gangster, hospital, loan, motive, murder, suspect, victim