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Portrait in Black (1960)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 3 September 1960 (UK)
After a married woman and her lover murder her cruel husband, they find themselves targeted by someone who is aware of their crime.

Director:

Michael Gordon

Writers:

Ivan Goff (screenplay), Ben Roberts (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lana Turner ... Sheila Cabot
Anthony Quinn ... Dr. David Rivera
Richard Basehart ... Howard Mason
Sandra Dee ... Cathy Cabot
John Saxon ... Blake Richards
Ray Walston ... Cobb
Virginia Grey ... Miss Lee
Anna May Wong ... Tawny
Dennis Kohler Dennis Kohler ... Peter Cabot
Lloyd Nolan ... Matthew S. Cabot
Elizabeth Chan Elizabeth Chan ... Chinese Dancer
John Wengraf ... Dr. Kessler
John McNamara John McNamara ... Minister
George Womack George Womack ... Foreman
Paul Birch ... Detective Lieutenant
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Storyline

Lana Turner and Anthony Quinn are lovers who murder Lana's cruel, but wealthy husband, played by Lloyd Nolan. Since Quinn is her husband's physician, the murder is easily committed, but blackmail, guilt and suspicion are the unanticipated results. Written by Jeanne Armintrout <jeannee@uwyo.edu>

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From the woman she called mother...she learned that even love can have an evil side! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1960 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Retrato en negro See more »

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Budget:

$1,400,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

In the mid-1940's, this was announced as a project for Joan Crawford and James Mason. See more »

Goofs

When Miss Lee approaches Cathy and Blake the restaurant, Blake is holding a cup in his right hand and places it down. In the next shot, he's holding the cup in his left hand and puts it down again. See more »

Quotes

Sheila Cabot: Oh don't leave me David, please don't go away!
Dr. David Rivera: I've got to go!
Sheila Cabot: But why Darling, why? I don't know what I'll do if you go!
Dr. David Rivera: I'm- I'm afraid of what I'll do if I stay!
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User Reviews

Great music, costumes. lighting and sets...."soap" at its best
19 April 2000 | by rbrbSee all my reviews

This film was released 40 years ago yet stands the test of time.The music,costumes and sets are excellent, the acting lovable melodrama and the real winner... in my view.... the lighting!

Can you get an Oscar for that??

The tale is of a repressed rich housewife conspiring with her doctor lover to rid them of her invalid husband......and the spiders web which flows from that....

Great acting from all the cast---do not miss it!


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