Experiment Perilous

Experiment Perilous

Director: Jacques Tourneur Cast: Hedy Lamarr, George Brent, Paul Lukas

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Overview

Experiment Perilous

Officially based on a novel by Margaret Carpenter, Experiment Perilous would seem to be more inspired by MGM's psychological thriller Gaslight. Set at the turn of the century, the film stars Hedy Lamarr as Allida, the beautiful young wife of an elderly "gentleman" named Nick (Paul Lukas). Treating his wife like a possession, Nick keeps her a virtual prisoner in their London town house, cutting off all contact with the outside world. The situation is exacting a terrible emotional toll on Allida and her stepson Alec (George N. Neise). Enter kindly psychiatrist Huntington Bailey (George Brent), who takes it upon himself to free Allida and Alec from the despotic control of the insanely jealous Nick. The film's "money scene" is a frenzied gun battle in an aquarium, replete with shattered glass, gushing water and floundering fish; this sequence would be imitated ad nauseum in such future films as Lethal Weapon (1988) and Mission: Impossible (1996).

Product Details

Release Date: 09/15/2009
UPC: 0883316205051
Original Release: 1945
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:31:00
Sales rank: 25,426

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hedy Lamarr Allida Bedereaux
George Brent Dr. Huntington Bailey
Paul Lukas Nick Bedereaux
Albert Dekker Claghorne
Carl Esmond John Maitland
Olive Blakeney Cissie Bedereaux
George Neise Alec Gregory
Margaret Wycherly Maggie
Stephanie Bachelor Elaine
Mary Servoss Miss Wilson
Julia Dean Deria
William Post D.A. MacDonald
Billy Ward Alec, age 5
Edward Clark Train Steward
Janet Clark Deria as a Girl
Adrienne D'Ambricourt Voice Instructor
Jack Deery Doorman
John Elliott Telephone Operator
Almeda Fowler Clerk
Joel Friedkin Brakeman
Perc Launders Ambulance Man
Nolan Leary Bellhop
Sam McDaniel Porter
Charles McMurphy Cop
Peggy Miller Cissie, Age 8
John Mylong Nick, Sr.
Broderick O'Farrell Frank
Georges Renavent Actor
Michael Visaroff Ballet Master
Alan Ward Shoes
Lawrence Wheat Caterer
Evelyn Falke Cissie, Age 5

Technical Credits
Jacques Tourneur Director
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Claude E. Carpenter Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Ralph Dawson Editor
Warren B. Duff Producer,Screenwriter
Robert M. Fellows Executive Producer
Tony Gaudio Cinematographer
Jack Okey Art Director
Leah Rhodes Costumes/Costume Designer
Darrell Silvera Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Dewey Starkey Asst. Director
Edward Stevenson Costumes/Costume Designer
Vernon Walker Special Effects
Roy Webb Score Composer

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