Tension (film)

Tension (film)

Infobox Film
name = Tension

caption = Theatrical Poster
director = John Berry
producer = Robert Sisk
writer = Story: John D. Klorer Screenplay: Allen Rivkin
starring = Richard Basehart Audrey Totter
music = André Previn
cinematography = Harry Stradling
editing = Albert Akst
distributor = Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
released = January 11, 1950
runtime = 95 minutes
country = United States
language = English
budget =
amg_id = 1:112920
imdb_id = 0041954|

"Tension"(1950) is a crime thriller film noir directed by John Berry, and written by Allen Rivkin, based on a story written by John D. Klore. The drama features Richard Basehart, Audrey Totter, Cyd Charisse, and others. [imdb title|id=004195|title=Tension.]


A drugstore manager, Warren Quimby (Richard Basehart), is married to sexy, man-hungry Claire (Audrey Totter). She leaves him for another man, Barney (Lloyd Gough).

Quimby decides to murder the man. He devises a complex plan, which involves assuming a new identity, to make it look like someone else murdered Claire's new boyfriend but can't go through with the killing. Barney is instead murdered by Claire but all the evidence points to Quimby.


* Richard Basehart as Warren Quimby/Paul Sothern
* Audrey Totter as Mrs. Claire Quimby
* Cyd Charisse as Mary Chanler
* Barry Sullivan as Police Lt. Collier Bonnabel
* Lloyd Gough as Barney Deager
* Tom D'Andrea as Freddie, Coast to Coast Counter Man
* William Conrad as Police Lt. Edgar "Blackie" Gonsales
* Tito Renaldo as Narco, Deager's Valet

Critical reception

Film critic Walter Addiego, staff critic at the "San Francisco Examiner," wrote of the drama, "They aren't making 'em anymore like this 1949 melodrama by John Berry, and that's too bad...What sticks with you about the film is what a classic, prize-winning sap the Basehart character is, how pathetic and ill-considered are his dreams of domestic bliss, and how easily he's able to shift into a new and quite different identity. All in all, a good example of noirish post-war disillusionment - and it has Cyd Charisse and William Conrad, to boot." [ [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/e/a/1998/04/25/STYLE16106.dtl Addiego, Walter] . "San Francisco Examiner," film review, April 25, 1998. Last accessed: January 31, 2008.]


External links

* [http://noiroftheweek.blogspot.com/2006/04/tension-1950_114587230467230204.html "Tension"] at Film Noir of the Week.
* [http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/filmnoircol4.php "Tension"] at DVD Verdict.

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