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Conflict (1945)

Passed | | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery | 30 June 1945 (USA)
An engineer trapped in an unhappy marriage murders his wife in the hope of marrying her younger sister.

Director:

Curtis Bernhardt

Writers:

Arthur T. Horman (screenplay), Dwight Taylor (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Humphrey Bogart ... Richard Mason
Alexis Smith ... Evelyn Turner
Sydney Greenstreet ... Dr. Mark Hamilton
Rose Hobart ... Kathryn Mason
Charles Drake ... Prof. Norman Holsworth
Grant Mitchell ... Dr. Grant
Patrick O'Moore ... Det. Lt. Egan (as Pat O'Moore)
Ann Shoemaker ... Nora Grant
Edwin Stanley Edwin Stanley ... Phillips (as Ed Stanley)
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Storyline

Richard Mason is slightly hurt in a car accident but pretends that his injuries are worse so that he cannot accompany his wife, Kathryn on a trip to the mountains. He does, however, kill her on a lonely mountain road. Or did he? He smells her perfume, finds her jewelry, sees an envelope addressed in her handwriting. He goes back to the scene of the crime to find ... what? Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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SUSPENSE...SUSPICION...MAN-WOMAN DESIRES! (original print ad - all caps)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pentacle See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The statue of a possible version of the Maltese Falcon is displayed as an ornament on the top of the wooden filing cabinet in Det. Lt. Egan's office when Richard visits. A few years earlier, in 1941, Bogart and Greenstreet had appeared together in the movie "The Maltese Falcon" about this statue. No reference to it is made in the dialogue of this movie. This possible version has broader shoulders, longer neck and thinner head than what was actually used in the previous movie. Although it does look very much like the version used in a poster for the earlier movie where hands are grasping for it and is clearly different in shape than what was actually used in the earlier movie. See more »

Goofs

Richard says that the handkerchief that was in his wife's jacket breast pocket had a green border but the one that he handed the police, after finding it in a drawer had no such border. He said that it was the only one of its kind. See more »

Quotes

Richard Mason: Doctor, you've had a lot of experience with mental cases assuming I am a mental case. Ever run across anything like this before?
Dr. Mark Hamilton: Only once, years ago when I was a student in Vienna.
Richard Mason: What was it?
Dr. Mark Hamilton: Man who murdered his wife.
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Connections

Edited into Tales from the Crypt: You, Murderer (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

How Sweet You Are
(uncredited)
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Played after Richard leaves the phone booth, talks to the operator and Dr. Hamilton, and out on the terrace
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A moody film that invites speculation by the viewer
27 August 2002 | by leonard-1See all my reviews

Every time I find myself driving on a lonely, densely wooded mountain road with precipitous drops just past the shoulder, I am reminded of the 1945 movie `Conflict', a film that I view every year or so. When I recently discovered that the story behind `Conflict' was named `The Pentacle', credited to Alfred Neumann and Robert Siodmak, I viewed `Conflict' again in order to determine the relationship between the film and the word `pentacle'. A `pentacle' is roughly defined as `a five-pointed star enclosed within a regular pentagon, and enclosing a smaller regular pentagon'. The pentacle is a favored symbol among devotees of the occult, but `Conflict' is not a movie about the occult. The pentacle symbol appears in `Conflict' as a visual motif, nagging the engineer Mason (Humphrey Bogart) with memories of his terrible deed. The first appearance in the film of a clearly identifiable pentacle is a technical drawing depicting a five-sided bridge foundation to be used in shale by Mason's construction company. Mason's imagination dreamily relates this drawing to a big pile of logs hiding the wreckage of an automobile in a mountain valley, the result of his grim obsession. Perhaps a `pentacle' of imaginary lines of mental force can be imagined by the movie's viewer as the engineer Mason (Humphrey Bogart) appears in the center of a tense human pentacle, the five vertices of which are the psychiatrist (Sydney Greenstreet), Mason's wife (Rose Hobart), the sister-in-law (Alexis Smith), the suitor (Charles Drake), and, finally, the police detectives. Changing the subject slightly, the terse dialog in `Conflict' always seemed to me to be very upper class English. I have often imagined the movie with a British cast of the period, with Mason perhaps played by Dirk Bogarde or Trevor Howard instead of Humphrey Bogart, the psychiatrist by Nigel Bruce instead of Sidney Greenstreet, and the police authorities cast as aloof Scotland Yard detectives instead of friendly American cops. However, the actual cast did just fine, in my opinion, with the result that I, for one, am an unreserved fan of `Conflict'!


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