A Life at Stake 1955
Doris Hillman, the wife of wealthy L.A. businessman Gus Hillman (Douglass Dumbrille), approaches struggling architect Edward Shaw (Keith Andes) with a proposal approved by her husband, one that would earn them all plenty of dough in the real estate market. However, the Hillmans raise Shaw’s suspicions when they insist he take out a key man insurance policy, which declares that the partners would be compensated were something unfortunate to happen to the principal player — in this case, Shaw. Are Shaw’s suspicions well-founded, or is he merely being paranoid?

This independent production from the golden age of film noir was described by the Los Angeles Times as "a study in fear". It also shows Angela Lansbury, already a double Oscar nominee, as you've never seen her. She's a charming femme fatale. But is she as bad as she seems?

Director: Paul Guilfoyle
Cast: Angela Lansbury, Keith Andes, Douglass Dumbrille, Claudia Barrett, Jane Darwell, Gavin Gordon, Charles Maxwell, William Henry
Country: USA
Genre: Drama, Film-Noir

BD25 | 1080p MPEG-2 | 01:15:38 | 20.8 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish

• Commentary by Professor and Film Scholar, Jason A. Ney
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