Cause for Alarm

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Overview

While a man recuperates from a heart-attack, he obsesses with the thought that his wife and his doctor are having an affair, so decides to write a letter to the D.A. accusing the two of trying to kill him. After his wife mails the letter for him, he tells her of its contents which provokes his anger and he attacks her, dying on the spot from another heart attack. Though innocent, she is nevertheless desperate to somehow get the letter back.
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Overview

While a man recuperates from a heart-attack, he obsesses with the thought that his wife and his doctor are having an affair, so decides to write a letter to the D.A. accusing the two of trying to kill him. After his wife mails the letter for him, he tells her of its contents which provokes his anger and he attacks her, dying on the spot from another heart attack. Though innocent, she is nevertheless desperate to somehow get the letter back.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
An effective but unexceptional little thriller, Cause for Alarm is notable for the star power of Loretta Young in this quickly-made (14 days) B-level film. Indeed, in some ways the presence of Young works slightly against Alarm. Alarm is nothing more than a manipulative "innocent victim" film, but having a legend like Young in it somehow makes us expect more than the little charms of this modest picture. But there's also the flip side: Young's star magic elevates sequences that would otherwise have been a bit too contrived or mundane. Certainly, Alarm's plot is frequently contrived, but it also all fits together well; we may not really swallow some of it, but it makes a certain structural sense, and we're willing to let it slide to enjoy Young's panicked attempts to retrieve the letter and the roadblocks which keep getting thrown in her. Tay Garnett's slick, smooth direction helps a great deal, as does Barry Sullivan's mentally ill husband. Bruce Cowling is unfortunately bland as the third point of the triangle, but Margalo Gillmore and Irving Bacon help to make up for this. And Joseph Ruttenberg's cinematography and Andre Previn's score are also huge pluses.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/26/2005
  • UPC: 089218481696
  • Original Release: 1951
  • Rating:

  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Time: 1:17:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 18,339

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Loretta Young Ellen Jones
Barry Sullivan George Z. Jones
Bruce Cowling Dr. Ranney Grahame
Margalo Gillmore Mrs. Edwards
Brad Mora Hoppy, Billy
Irving Bacon Mr. Carston, Postman
Georgia Backus Mrs. Warren
Don Haggerty Mr. Russell
Art Baker Superintendent
Richard Anderson Lonesome Sailor
Greta Granstedt Mom
Kathleen Freeman Woman
Teddy Infuhr Man
Robert Easton Man
Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer Man
Earl Hodgins Postman
Jack Daley Elderly Man
Bonnie Kay Eddy Girl
Lou Merrill Voice Only
Margie Liszt Woman
Technical Credits
Tay Garnett Director
Mel Dinelli Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Tom Lewis Producer, Screenwriter
Arthur Lonergan Art Director
Lawrence B. Marcus Original Story
James Newcom Editor
André Previn Score Composer
Joseph Ruttenberg Cinematographer
Douglas Shearer Sound/Sound Designer
Alfred E. Spencer Set Decoration/Design
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cause For Alarm!
2. Chapter 1 [12:39]
3. Chapter 2 [10:50]
4. Chapter 3 [13:11]
5. Chapter 4 [12:43]
6. Chapter 5 [10:28]
7. Chapter 6 [12:44]
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Disc #1 -- Cause For Alarm!
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    More twists and turns!

    Saw this movie 10 years ago and could not forget it. Had to buy it!
    Loretta Young is excellent. Great plot. You will not guess the ending. If you love suspense this one is for you!

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