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The Pretender (1947)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 13 August 1947 (USA)
Kenneth Holden (Albert Dekker), a banker, steals funds from an estate and decides to marry the heiress, Claire Worthington (Catherine Craig), to safeguard his position. He arranges for her ... See full summary »

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W. Lee Wilder

Writers:

Don Martin (original screenplay), Doris Miller (additional dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Dekker ... Kenneth Holden
Catherine Craig ... Claire Worthington
Charles Drake ... Dr. Leonard G. Koster
Alan Carney ... Victor Korrin
Linda Stirling ... Flo Ronson
Tom Kennedy ... Fingers Murdock
Selmer Jackson ... Charles Lennox
Charles Middleton ... William the Butler
Ernie Adams ... Thomas the Butler
Ben Welden ... Mickie
John Bagni John Bagni ... Hank Gordon
Stanley Ross Stanley Ross ... Stranger
Forrest Taylor ... Dr. Harold Stevens
Greta Clement Greta Clement ... Margie
Peter Michael Peter Michael ... Stephen
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Storyline

Kenneth Holden (Albert Dekker), a banker, steals funds from an estate and decides to marry the heiress, Claire Worthington (Catherine Craig), to safeguard his position. He arranges for her fiancé to be killed but does not state the fiancé's name. Claire, meanwhile, has a change of heart and marries Holden. Thusly he now becomes the target of the killer and attempts to cancel the deal - except he doesn't know who the hired killer is. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prisioneiro do Medo See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The car Claire drives is a 1947 Studebaker Commander. See more »

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Car #2, chasing car #1, has a split front windshield, but the closeup of the occupants shows a one piece windshield. See more »

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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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Not Michael T. Weiss, but still good. ;)
2 September 2019 | by ripplinbucketheadSee all my reviews

A banker named Kenneth Holden (Albert Dekker) has been stealing funds from an estate and wants to marry the heiress named Claire (Catherine Craig) to basically keep the cashflow going. However, she has a fiancé. Holden orders a hit on him, simply saying to kill the guy the heiress is with. However (part 2), in short order, Claire breaks up with her fiancé and begins seeing Holden. But wait a minute, wasn't there something about a hit...?

There's another movie or two like this I've seen with the same general premise, but I can't remember the names. For all I know, maybe this predates them. I will say that for the first 2/3 of the movie, it's somewhat slow...but man does it pick up in the last 1/3! It gets really interesting and kinda twisty. A good plot gets better and better, anchored by Dekker's even-keeledness, never going overboard even when things got really bad.

In the end, I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. I'd see it again someday, in fact!

P.S. Recognize the second butler? It's Charles Middleton, probably most famous for playing Ming the Merciless. :)


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