Another Man's Poison (1951)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama, Crime Thriller  |   Release Date - Nov 20, 1951 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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Bette Davis co-stars with her then-new husband Gary Merrill in the British melodrama Another Man's Poison. Adapted from Leslie Sands' novel Deadlock, the story concerns one Janet Frobisher (Davis), a successful writer of suspense novels. Janet's life is thrown into turmoil when her disreputable long-lost husband, returns after a three-year absence. So as not to destroy her current romantic involvement with Larry (Anthony Steel), the fiancé of her secretary Chris (Barbara Murray), Janet poisons her inconvenient spouse and disposes of the body. At this point, George Bates (Gary Merrill), the dead husband's criminal accomplice, comes calling, demanding "hush money." So that he can keep an eye on Janet, George poses as her husband. Now, Janet is obliged to begin plotting George's demise. A heart-stopping surprise ending tops this nasty but effective little morality play. Another Man's Poison was distributed stateside by RKO Radio.

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blackmail, blunder, convict, criminal, death, extramarital-affair, farming, hidden, husband, irony, killing, lake, love, murder, poison, police, scheme