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Conflict
     

Conflict

Director: Curtis Bernhardt,

Cast: Curtis Bernhardt, Humphrey Bogart, Alexis Smith, Sydney Greenstreet

 

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Filmed some 18 months before its release, Conflict is one of two melodramas in which Humphrey Bogart self-consciously portrayed a wife murderer (the other was The Two Mrs. Carrolls). Bogie plays unhappily married Richard Mason, who concocts a meticulous scheme to kill his shrewish wife, Kathryn (Rose Hobart), so that he'll be free to marry her sister,

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Filmed some 18 months before its release, Conflict is one of two melodramas in which Humphrey Bogart self-consciously portrayed a wife murderer (the other was The Two Mrs. Carrolls). Bogie plays unhappily married Richard Mason, who concocts a meticulous scheme to kill his shrewish wife, Kathryn (Rose Hobart), so that he'll be free to marry her sister, Evelyn (Alexis Smith). Alas, Mason inadvertently tips his hand to family friend Dr. Mark Hamilton (Sydney Greenstreet).

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Conflict should have been a classic noir-ish thriller, rather than the rather routine one it ended up. It certainly has the right cast and director, and the basic premise is one that could have made for an exceptional film. Unfortunately, the elements just didn't come together in the manner necessary to lift Conflict above the average. The blame rests mostly with director Curtis Bernhardt and his trio of writers. All of them seem to have had a vision of where the film should go and what it should be like, but they couldn't find the right path to achieving that vision; as a result, we're left with a film that is all bones, but lacking in flesh. Bernhardt, often a very good director, also seems to have checked his imagination at the door here; his work is solid and gets the job done, but for the most part lacks the flair that this kind of project needs. (Even the title is perfunctory and colorless.) Fortunately, Conflict has Humphrey Bogart and Sydney Greenstreet, who turn in typically dependable performances. In a nice switch, the actors' usual roles are reversed, with Bogart the villain and Greenstreet the metaphoric detective. This makes both portrayals a bit more complex than they would otherwise be, with Bogart garnering audience sympathy and Greenstreet's cunning having a slightly wicked edge to it. Both are good in Conflict, but Greenstreet is especially enjoyable. The rest of the cast is fine, although Alexis Smith doesn't make the impression she should, perhaps because her character is ill-defined. Because it could have been so much better, Conflict is a bit frustrating, but still worth seeing.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/23/2012
UPC:
0883316278451
Original Release:
1945
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:25:00
Sales rank:
4,758

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Performance Credits
Humphrey Bogart Richard Mason
Alexis Smith Evelyn Turner
Sydney Greenstreet Dr. Mark Hamilton
Rose Hobart Katherine Mason
Charles Drake Prof. Norman Holdsworth
Grant Mitchell Dr. Grant
Pat O'Moore Detective Lt. Egan
Ann Shoemaker Nora Grant
Frank Wilcox Robert Freston
Mary Servoss Mrs. Allman
Edwin Stanley Phillips
James Flavin Detective Lt. Workman
Doria Caron Nurse
Ray Hanson Cab Driver
Billy Wayne Cab Driver
Ralph Dunn Highway Patrolman
John Harmon Hobo
Bruce Bilson Bellboy
Marjorie Hoshelle Telephone Operator
Frances Morris Receptionist
George Carleton Harris
Oliver Blake Pawnbroker
Harlan Briggs Pawnbroker
Wallis Clark Prof. Berens
Jack Mower Desk Clerk
Emmett Vogan Luggage Salesman

Technical Credits
Curtis Bernhardt Director
Milo Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Roy Davidson Special Effects
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Merritt B. Gerstad Cinematographer
Frederick Hollander Score Composer
Arthur Horman Screenwriter
William Jacobs Producer
H.F. Koenekamp Special Effects
Alfred Neumann Original Story
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Siodmak Original Story
Ted Smith Art Director
Clarence I. Steensen Set Decoration/Design
Dwight Taylor Screenwriter
David Weisbart Editor
Perc Westmore Makeup

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