The Woman in Question (1950)

Genres - Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film, Whodunit  |   Run Time - 88 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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The alternate title to the British The Woman in Question is Five Angles on Murder. That pretty much sums up the tenor of this investigatory drama, wherein an enigmatic fortune teller (Jean Kent) is murdered. The police track down the five most likely suspects and start asking questions. Each suspect offers a different perspective on the murdered woman, and each provides a vital clue towards solving the killing. This "prismatic" technique was of course the foundation of Citizen Kane; while The Woman in Question is not in Kane's league, its gimmick holds the audience's attention whenever director Anthony Asquith allows the pace to lag.

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clue, deduction [reasoning], fortuneteller, identification, murder, murder-suspect, police-detective, police-investigation, questioning [police interrogation], sideshow