Murder Without Crime

  • 1951
  • 1 HR 20 MIN
  • NR
  • Crime

Farr and Plunkett are husband and wife. After a bitter argument, she walks out on him. Farr goes off to drown his sorrows at a local club and ends up returning home with the club's hostess, Dowling. They, too, fight and after she is knocked out, Farr believes he's killed her. Landlord Price, who lives downstairs, sees a chance to blackmail Farr, and matters...read more

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Farr and Plunkett are husband and wife. After a bitter argument, she walks out on him. Farr goes off to drown his sorrows at a local club and ends up returning home with the club's hostess, Dowling. They, too, fight and after she is knocked out, Farr believes he's killed her. Landlord

Price, who lives downstairs, sees a chance to blackmail Farr, and matters are further complicated when Plunkett telephones to announce she is coming home. Price ends up drinking a poisoned concotion that Farr had intended to take himself in order to escape his contorted troubles. The film was an

adaption of a play written by director J. Lee Thompson. But MURDER WITHOUT CRIME suffers from a stagy presentation that never lets the celluloid medium take over. There is no attempt to draw out suspense; instead Thompson is content to present only a visually simplistic recording of the play. The

dialog doesn't work well on screen, often drawing unintentional laughs. Despite the film's overriding weaknesses, it was an enormous hit in London's West End.

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  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Farr and Plunkett are husband and wife. After a bitter argument, she walks out on him. Farr goes off to drown his sorrows at a local club and ends up returning home with the club's hostess, Dowling. They, too, fight and after she is knocked out, Farr belie… (more)

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