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A Blueprint for Murder1953

A Blueprint for Murder (1953)





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Joseph Cotten stars in A Blueprint for Murder as Whitney Cameron, a man who harbors a deep and abiding affection for his pretty sister-in-law Lynne Cameron (Jean Peters). When one of Lynne's stepchildren dies, the autopsy indicates that the child was poisoned. Despite his feelings for Lynne, Whitney can't help but feel that she was responsible for the child's death--and that she intends to go on killing until she becomes sole heir of her late husband's estate. The "moment of truth" occurs during a climactic ocean voyage which consumes nearly a third of the film. A Blueprint for Murder was written and directed by Andrew L. Stone, whose legendary insistence upon "realism" at all costs was such that it's a wonder he didn't persuade Peters to commit a real murder. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Jean Peters
as Lynn Cameron
Joseph Cotten
as Whitney 'Cam' Cameron
Gary Merrill
as Fred Sargent
Catherine McLeod
as Maggie Sargent
Jack Kruschen
as Hal Cole
Barney Phillips
as Capt. Pringle
Joyce McCluskey
as Miss Brownell
Harry Carter
as Wheeler
Jonathan Hale
as Dr. Stevenson
Walter Sande
as Henderson
Tyler McVey
as Police Lab Technician
Teddy Mangean
as Attendant
Aline Towne
as Hospital File Clerk
Ray Hyke
as Hospital Pharmacist
Charles Collins
as Pesticide seller
Eugene Borden
as Headwaiter
Carleton Young
as Det. Frank Connelly
Grandon Rhodes
as Probate Judge James J. Adams (uncredited)
Herbert Butterfield
as Judge at Preliminary Hearing (uncredited)
George Melford
as Bailiff (uncredited)
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No bad, not great semi noir. What really hurts it is the blown oppurtunity of the ending.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

This was a great movie. A Black & White Suspense film, someone is poisoning the kids. But old Cam (Joseph Cotton) knows who the guilty person is. About 3/4 into the movie I am wondering if I picked the right person. In the bitter end and I do mean bitter end the truth surfaces, but I think a sequel could have easily been made for this one, as the finger could have pointed to Cam very easy. Add this one to the collection, 4 stars for sure

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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