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Bait (1954)

Approved | | Drama | 24 February 1954 (USA)
A beautiful blonde leads a man down the road to ruin.

Director:

Hugo Haas

Writers:

Samuel W. Taylor (story and screenplay), Hugo Haas (additional dialogue)
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Cast overview:
Cleo Moore ... Peggy
Hugo Haas ... Marko
John Agar ... Ray Brighton
Emmett Lynn ... Foley
Bruno VeSota ... Webb
Jan Englund Jan Englund ... Waitress
George Keymas ... Chuck
Cedric Hardwicke ... Prologue Speaker (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
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Another in the long line of the Trials-and-Tribulations (compounded by Misery and Irony) offerings from Hugo Haas. This time out his character, Marko (Hugo Haas, is searching for a lost gold mine with his young partner Ray Brighton ('John Agar' )qv)) and, despite the fact that Haas appears no more at home playing a prospector than Raymond Hatton would playing a Bulgarian diplomat, they find the mine. But Marko decides he doesn't want to share with his partner and figures out a devious and complicated scheme to get rid of him. (Shooting him in the head and burying him in the desert is far too simple a solution in a Haas film.) So, Marko ups and marries buxom young Peggy (Cleo Moore) as a marriage of convenience, even though past experience would indicate any involvement with a character played by Cleo Moore would not be described as anything close to convenience. Rikor figures that after the three of them spend the winter together in a shack far from civilization, he will sooner or ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Something is most amiss
14 March 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Sir Cedric Hardwicke had the self satisfied look of a man whose check from Harry Cohn had just cleared as he narrates the beginning of Bait. He's playing none other than old Scratch himself as he tells how the devil can make people do wicked things.

I think old Scratch had a head start with Hugo Haas who was definitely short a whole suit in his deck of cards. Haas is a crazy old prospector who lost both a mine and a partner in the Rockies and he'd like to find the former again. But he's getting on in years and he needs a younger partner for the heavy lifting.

Enter John Agar and they do find the old mine, but he's not looking to split with a new partner. So the fiendish Haas hatches a scheme whereby he marries sluttish Cleo Moore who's a better girl than she let's on and brings her back to their cabin. I would think that curvaceous Cleo might have gotten the hint that something was amiss when Haas not only doesn't pay attention to her, but encourages her to be in Agar's company at every opportunity.

This turgid drama is as stupid as it sounds. Need I say more.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 1954 (USA) See more »

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